“The department will be working the event and ensuring the safety and rights of those involved are protected,” Bender said earlier Wednesday.
Several other Georgia cities have already seen large crowds show up in protest of police brutality and racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick.
The Decatur community was recently roiled after a white student made a video about shooting black people. It was at least the third racist video to emerge online in a month from the city of 25,000, challenging the city's reputation for progressive politics and cordial race relations
A group of nearly 100 gathered around the steps of Decatur City Hall last week to speak out against the video. Black student leaders at Decatur High School say the white student behind the video should be expelled.
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