Two dozen people arrested late Tuesday in Ferguson-related protests on the Downtown Connector and in other locations in Atlanta were due in court later today, city officials said.
Most were charged with disorderly conduct. One person was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a pistol. No officers were injured, police said. Some damage was done to a few vehicles and buildings downtown.
City officials said 13 of those arrested did not live in Atlanta. Three people arrested refused to give police their address.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday police made the right response in arresting two dozen people late Tuesday who were demonstrating in Ferguson-related protests on the Downtown Connector. Reed said demonstrators on the busy thoroughfare could put other people at risk and warned anyone who tried such actions today would be arrested.
“We are not going to tolerate the Downtown Connector being interfered with,” the mayor told reporters at a news conference.
Police Chief George Turner said all officers are working in 12-hour shifts and would have the same amount of officers on duty today.