READ | Clean-up begins after night of violence in Atlanta
“They’re establishing these relationships with these kids outside of chasing them down the block,” Bottoms said.
Demonstrators first took to Atlanta streets Friday, protesting the unjustified police killings of black people — including Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot eight times and killed in March when Louisville police knocked down her door to serve a search warrant.
Through chants and signs, people also demanded justice for Ahmaud Arbery, a black man whose filmed killing in a Brunswick-area neighborhood sparked national outrage.
After a peaceful start, the Friday protest turned chaotic, with police deploying tear gas and cars set ablaze amid broken shop windows. Supported by National Guard members on Saturday and Sunday, police took a more aggressive strategy, leading to a weekend of arrests.
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Two black Atlanta police officers were fired Sunday for using excessive force while arresting two young African Americans in a car.
“I’m struggling for words because there’s so many layers to this that we’re trying to figure out in real time with our communities,” Bottoms said.
Shortly before the roundtable, President Donald Trump scorned “weak” governors, telling them they “have to get much tougher” on demonstrators.
Bottoms, who was repeatedly critical of the president over the weekend, fired back.
“To see the president of the United States say that he’s going to send the military into our communities but hasn’t mentioned sending a single dime of support into our communities speaks to where we are in America,” Bottoms said.
<em>AJC reporter Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.</em>
She says this is not infringing on everyone?s rights, but she will not let happen tonight what has happened across the country. ?We will maintain order in the streets of Atlanta this evening.?