“Atlanta is a city that historically has stood up for the civil and human rights of everyone, but we live in uncertain times,” Reed said. “We know that many Atlantans are fearful and concerned about their families. They question whether their freedoms will be upheld and lawfully protected. They worry that they will suffer persecution from a surge in bigotry.”
“Any threat to our constitutionally guaranteed liberty is a threat to all Atlantans,” Reed continued. “We will continue to vigorously protect and support immigrant students who are DACA recipients. We value the economic and cultural vitality these young people bring to our city.”
Reed also urged victims of hate crimes and intimidation to call 911.
“Atlanta will not tolerate acts of hatred against our residents and visitors. We will prosecute crimes of this nature to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “It is the sworn duty of Atlanta police officers to protect and serve our people regardless of their country of origin, the religion they practice, or the language they speak.”
Asked whether Atlanta Police Chief George Turner was available for an interview, a spokesman referred The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to Reed’s statement.