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Night two of protests in metro Atlanta calmed by curfew

ATLANTA — Amped up police activity and a curfew put in place by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms squelched any plans of violence in the city during the second night of protests in the city.

Elsewhere in the metro area, protestors took to Sugarloaf Mills in Gwinnett County. Protests there were nonviolent and not like the protests in Atlanta one night earlier.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, while the majority of the protesters were peaceful and law abiding, four protesters were arrested and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.. Two police cars in Gwinnett were damaged, but no damage was reported to private businesses.  No injuries to officers or civilians were reported.

In Atlanta, protestors out after the 9 p.m. curfew were being arrested within 20 minutes of the beginning fo the curfew. Police presence in the city of Atlanta is being aided by the National Guard and Georgia State Patrol in a coordinated effort to prevent a repeat of Friday night.

MARTA stopped service early as well and police departments in other cities including Alpharetta and Milton were on high alert after social media posts indicated protests might move to those cities.

In Dunwoody, police are asking residents to stay at home tonight and not venture out to areas like Perimeter Mall where there could be “civil unrest.” The police department says there have been no reports of protests in Dunwoody.

Photo Credit: Micah Casella / Shutterstock.com
Police cars in flames during the protests in Atlanta over the slaying of George Floyd.


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