Protest leads to 15 arrests

Fifteen protesters were arrested in Atlanta on Monday night, the fifth day in a row of demonstrations following the shooting deaths last week of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police.

Fourteen of them were arrested on obstructing traffic charges, police said. One person, 22-year-old Kentre’vious Hightower, was arrested on a charge of failing to use required bicycle equipment.

They were among 200 to 300 protesters who gathered in Buckhead and demanded in-person meetings with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and and Atlanta Police Department Chief George Turner. The demonstration started at 7 p.m. in front of Lenox Square before moving to the governor’s mansion on West Paces Ferry Road.

Turner asked the crowd to disperse just before 11:40 p.m., about the same time Reed arrived at the governor’s mansion. Gov. Nathan Deal is in Germany on a trade mission.

Nearly an hour later, Reed met with four protesters inside a government vehicle. They later emerged with Reed confirming a meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday following what he calls “a cooling off period.”

—Staff writer Raisa Habersham contributed to this article.