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The rally is among a spate of protests and demonstrations across Georgia after the deaths of Georgia Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed in police custody, and Ahmaud Arbery, who was gunned down while running in a neighborhood near Brunswick.
The shooting death Friday of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer outside a Wendy’s restaurant, has ignited more demonstrations and led to the resignation of the city’s top cop.
It comes as state legislators return after a monthslong hiatus due to the coronavirus and prepare to take up a state budget gutted by an economic nosedive, proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system and new efforts to change state election rules.
The NAACP rally begins at 9 a.m. at the Richard Russell federal building downtown and ends at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are convening at 10 a.m.