Social media reacts to Atlanta protests for 3 African American victims

An Atlanta Police Department car is on fire as protests turned chaotic outside the CNN Center Friday evening.
An Atlanta Police Department car is on fire as protests turned chaotic outside the CNN Center Friday evening.

Credit: Ernie Suggs

Credit: Ernie Suggs

On Friday afternoon, people gathered at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta to peacefully protest recent deaths of African Americans Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. The protests turned from peaceful to tense close to 6 p.m., when protesters threw water bottles and glass at police officers. APD SWAT arrived on the scene around 6:25 p.m.

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Protesters were ordered to get out of the street or face arrest about 10  minutes later, at 6:35 p.m., according to reports, however, Atlanta Police Department Chief Erika Shields told reporters that protesters could stand in the street and that there was no curfew in place.

Arbery  was reportedly shot and killed by a white father and son who armed themselves and allegedly gave chase after seeing the 25-year-old black man running in their Brunswick subdivision in February.

Taylor was reportedly shot to death by plainclothes Louisville Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove on March 13 in her own home. The officers were executing a “no-knock” search warrant as they were investigating men suspected of selling drugs, but the man was more than 10 miles from Taylor’s apartment.

Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day after cellphone video appeared to capture Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he said that he couldn’t breathe.

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Social distancing guidelines are being observed during the march as concerns around the coronavirus continue. People were seen wearing masks and were asked to have an ID and emergency contact on them. Participants have also been encouraged by organizers to remain peaceful and follow guidelines such as not inciting violence, using cellphones to record everything, obeying traffic laws, not destroying property and not engaging with or running from police.

Thousands march in a peaceful protest from Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta to the Georgia State Capitol Friday afternoon.
Thousands march in a peaceful protest from Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta to the Georgia State Capitol Friday afternoon.

Credit: Raisa Habersham

Credit: Raisa Habersham

Atlantans and others responded to the march and shared their experiences on social media:

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