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Midtown march against police violence results in arrests

'March Against Police Violence' protest results in five arrests for reported charges of obstruction of traffic; obstruction of an officer; and wearing a mask or hood

Update: June 28, 3 p.m.

The Friday night arrests in Midtown were apparently surrounding a Facebook event called the ‘March Against Police Violence’ and not an Occupy Atlanta event as originally suggested by a spokesperson with the Atlanta Police Department.

The rally “against state repression” was reportedly in response to three males who were shot by police in and around Atlanta within a 36 hour period late last month; as well as an act of solidarity for the protests ongoing in Anaheim, Calif., concerning a pair of police killings last weekend.

On June 27, a Clayton County Police officer responding to a burglary in progress, shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who he thought was carrying a weapon. Later that day, a 38-year-old man who was considered a fugitive by Mississippi authorities was shot and killed by Atlanta police at the Mall West End. The next day, a man was shot twice in the chest by DeKalb police responding to a domestic dispute.

The group’s Facebook page reads:

Police continue to run rampant in Atlanta. Even Luther "Machine Gun" Lewis, the murderer of Ariston Waiters, has been acquitted by farcical state courts. In 36 hours, three unarmed youths were murdered in Atlanta. In Anaheim, California, police have gone on a killing spree, leaving two men dead. The people of Anaheim have responded in kind by bravely facing rubber bullets and police dogs in now their 5th day of rioting. We won't stand by. We will stand up. July 27th, take the streets back. Meet up at 8 in Piedmont park for a speak out to kick off our march. Bring your boom box, dress in black.

It is unknown as to how many attended the rally. Patch is currently awaiting to see the police report.

A YouTube video detailing the event was posted on July 20 and had received 129 views as of Saturday, July 28. It states: "Everyone hates the cops. So there's going to be a march against them." The video can be viewed here

Original Story

Atlanta police arrested five people on reported charges of obstruction of traffic; obstruction of an officer; and wearing a mask or hood in Midtown Friday night after they were allegedly throwing trash and trash cans on the ground and street near Piedmont Park.

“It is believed they were with Occupy Atlanta,’’ APD spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport told Patch.

Witnesses reported approximately 15 police cars with blue lights flashing but without sirens blaring descending upon the scene near 11th Street around 8 p.m. It is not exactly known at this time what was being protested.

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Elsewhere in Midtown Friday, a UPS package delivered to a Myrtle Street residence was opened and burglarized between 5:30 and 7 p.m. The suspect(s) went through the contents of the package on the home's porch stairs, stole one leather Coach wallet, while leaving the silver earrings with the package contents on the ground.  

The incident was reported to the Atlanta police.

David C. Couper July 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
What is the goal? How do we want to see our police improved? For insight and direction, take a look at my new book and visit my blog, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police.” My blog is at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/ where I discuss these and other current police improvement issues. Good luck and may we all experience not just good but great policing!
Travis July 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Being a police officer has to be one of the most difficult public service jobs there is. You are expected to walk into potentially dangerous situations with some of the most unpleasant people in the city, and do it all with as much courtesy as can safely be offered. They're doing this every day and on prolonged shifts at irregular hours. They sacrifice time with their families and friends to make sure that whenever you need someone to help you, they are on call. The icing on the cake is that more often than not the only thanks they receive are scowls, curses and bruises from the people they are sworn to protect. When an officer uses lethal force it should always be scrutinized and investigated because they are not incapable of error, but when asshats like this start accusing them of "killing sprees" and calling them murderers it just shows how little they know of what the men and women of a police force are faced with on a daily basis. Since the 1980's Atlanta's homicide rates have increased by around 1,000% and drug cartels are more dangerous than ever. In my years of inner-city public schooling I've seen kids even younger than 13 carrying a gun, and a bullet from a child is just as lethal as one from an adult. What's even scarier is that they usually don't fully understand the consequences of a gun, so they are more likely to use it. To imply that officers derive some kind of sadistic pleasure from killing people is nothing more than the sick fantasies of deranged people.
Travis July 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Surprisingly enough, yes. I got tagged for that once, lol. Though they don't usually enforce it unless you're doing something suspicious in the first place. Pro tip: balaclava's are illegal to wear at any time in Atlanta.
Mike Phillips July 29, 2012 at 09:00 PM
So nice to live in a Communist, military, Republican police state. The only place that compares to Atlanta that I've ever been was when I went to Moscow, Russia in the early 80's when Russia was still a Communist country.
Justin W. Steigerwalt July 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
This was Occupy Atlanta.

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