532 arrests made through 8 days of Atlanta protests

A group of peaceful demonstrators march down Boulevard on Thursday afternoon in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.
A group of peaceful demonstrators march down Boulevard on Thursday afternoon in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

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As of Friday afternoon, Atlanta police had made 532 arrests through the first eight  days of protests, authorities said.

The latest figures, which only show the specific charges of those taken into custody between last Friday and Tuesday evening, indicate the vast majority of protesters arrested so far have been from metro Atlanta.

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Most face misdemeanor charges for minor offenses such as violating the mayor’s curfew and blocking the roadway, arrest data shows. However, some face more serious offenses, including weapons charges and smash-and-grab burglary. At least one person has been charged with inciting a riot, records show.

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After a tense few days of protests, demonstrations have ended peacefully the past two nights, with Atlanta police and members of the Georgia National Guard dispersing crowds without using tear gas.

On Thursday, police reported making just six arrests.

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Protesters charged with city code violations are taken to the city jail, while those charged with violating state laws are booked into the Fulton County Jail, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms implemented a curfew last Saturday after protests from the night before devolved into chaotic scenes of violence and looting.

Police made 79 arrests last Friday after dozens of businesses were broken into between downtown Atlanta and Buckhead. The following day, the number of arrests increased to 180, according to the latest data.

Police arrested 67 protesters Sunday, 99 Monday and 58 Tuesday, records show.

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