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Police finish clearing the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed
The last concrete barricade was put in place around noon. Some of the protesters milled nearby while a worker from the BP gas station next door pulled boards off the windows.
Monday’s cleanup followed a violent holiday weekend that started Saturday night when 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was fatally shot while sitting in a car near the restaurant.Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms denounced the violence in an emotional news conference at police headquarters in which she and Turner’s family urged people to come forward with information about the girl’s killers.“Enough is enough,” Bottoms said.
About 9:30 a.m. Monday, uniformed officers and multiple workers in neon attire tossed flowers and other items from a makeshift memorial outside the Wendy’s into garbage bags.
The site has served as ground zero for protests since Brooks was shot in the parking lot following an attempted DUI arrest in the drive-thru line June 12. The restaurant was destroyed during a large protest the next day. Three people have been arrested on arson charges in connection with the incident.
“They’re trashing what we built! This is not peaceful!” a protester who identified herself as Lady A yelled at police as they cleared the site. “This is a peaceful spot! We don’t know nothing about a shooting! They know that!”
Turner was riding in a car with her mother and an adult friend on I-75/85 when they exited onto University Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said. The driver tried to turn into a parking lot in the 1200 block of Pryor Road but was confronted by a “group of armed individuals who had blocked the entrance,” he said. “At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside,” Chafee said. The driver took Turner to Atlanta Medical Center, but she did not survive, according to police.
“You shot and killed a baby,” Bottoms said during the Sunday news conference. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.” She said the protesters needed to leave the restaurant. Hours later, Gov. Brian Kemp followed that demand with a warning of his own.
“This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous and unacceptable,” he said in a tweet. “Georgians, including those in uniform, need to be protected from crime and violence. While we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace and maintaining order, we won’t hesitate to take action without them.”
originally posted by: panoz77
originally posted by: carewemust
Just think how much attention would be given if the 7 kids shot/killed this past weekend, were instead killed at a school by 1 or more shooters?
Black or white kids? It matters.
Obvious sarcasm off.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: panoz77
I'm about to start a thread explaining how crazy it would be for America to "come together by meeting in the middle".
What exactly would the middle be?