Demonstrators have marched in Atlanta for four nights and were back at Centennial Olympic Park on Tuesday afternoon. Protests were also held in Lawrenceville and Marietta on Monday.
Wells praised Dunwoody police for supporting the demonstration, walking among them and even providing donuts.
Earlier in the day, the department had tweeted that it “absolutely supports and encourages peaceful assemblies.” Chief Billy Grogan was among the officers who stopped by the event and posed for pictures with protesters.
Late Tuesday afternoon, he posted a lengthy Facebook missive saying he was "sickened" by George Floyd's death and calling for all of the officers involved to be held accountable.
He also condemned “looters and rioters” for “hijacking” the “just cause” of peaceful protesters.
“I can assure our citizens that the Dunwoody Police Department values the lives of all people and do not take our oath and the responsibilities we have as police officers and as human beings lightly,” Grogan wrote.
Wells’ mother, Tanis Singleton, said she was proud of her daughter for organizing the event. She spoke of a history of discrimination in Dunwoody, of questionable traffic stops and being turned away by realtors when her family was trying to relocate to the area years ago.
Singleton said that the recent deaths of black Americans at the hands of police was a result of systemic racism and governments that "are not connected to the citizens."
"We're in 2020 and it's still happening," Singleton said. "That's when we know there's got to be change. And it's gotta be in the leadership of government. That's where it's gonna come from.”