Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner last year. David Tulis/For the AJC
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Photo: David Tulis

Outraged by crime, Midtown calls out the mayor

This is the latest image of violent crime in Midtown: a young woman kneels in her driveway, her terrified daughter in the car, as a teenage punk holds a gun to the woman's head. The woman was not physically injured, but the episode has outraged and terrified her neighbors, leading them to band together and put pressure on the city to respond.

Those in the area have become accustomed to crime and with acting to protect themselves. It’s a cyclical process of crime, outrage, reaction – repeat.

A recent spate of crimes, including some of the violent variety, caused residents to hold a garden party to discuss the problem.

They called Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to attend. Reed has portrayed himself as the Public Safety Mayor, a man who would come in and clean up crime in the city. What is he saying now?

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