Police shootings increase fear for metro Atlanta’s black residents

Akilah Lee says the past 10 days — where a handful of black men were shot to death by white police officers — worry her the future of her first child before he takes his first breath.

Lee and her husband, Brent, will welcome their first child, a son to be named Braxton, in late August.

“We’re going to have to do the best we can to stick with our beliefs,” Akilah Lee, 35, a training specialist for a healthcare technology company, said recently. “And pray.”

Black residents in metro Atlanta say with every new incident, the fear of finding themselves in direct danger grows.