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Dozens of eyewitnesses from last Thursday's Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park offered similar accounts of unruly -- and sometimes violent -- teens taking over the event with little resistance from security officers. But only one incident related to the fracas was reported to authorities, police say
Eyaso Abebe said a group of people attacked and robbed him Thursday as he left Screen on the Green. Abebe said the group stole his wallet and cell phone.
Dozens of eyewitnesses from last Thursday's Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park offered similar accounts of unruly -- and sometimes violent -- teens taking over the event with little resistance from security officers. But only one incident related to the fracas was reported to authorities, police say.
Josh Hice, 26, of Newnan, said he was driving by Piedmont Park Thursday night with a friend when they were attacked by a group of teens leaving Screen on the Green. One punched him in the face, he said.
"It split my lip, then they start climbing all over my Jeep, and I turn around and my buddy is getting punched in the face and has blood pouring out of his nose," said Hice, who thinks he and his friend were targeted by the black teens because they are white. "We were definitely victims of a hate crime."
"The new public safety plan incorporates increased security personnel, including on-duty and off-duty Atlanta police officers and staffers from a private security firm that regularly handles events in Piedmont Park," said a release from Mayor Kasim Reed's office. "In addition, representatives from MARTA Police and Midtown Blue are participating in this coordinated effort."
In addition to the enhanced safety measures, Reed and interim Police Chief George Turner will preside over a town hall meeting Tuesday night to launch the "Respect Yourself, Respect the ‘A'" initiative, which is aimed at reaching the rowdy youth blamed for disrupting previous Screens on the Green. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Originally posted by MikeNice81
This is why I stay out of Atlanta. That place is a waste of both space and resources. I went to a meeting in a studio that was supposed to be in a "nice part of town."
There were people openly selling drugs in a parking lot across the street while cops sat in their cruiser less than a block away. One of the other participants in the meeting was robbed in his hotel parking lot that night. Another guy that works at the studio was pistol whipped and robbed the following day. They thought he was carrying bank deposits for the studio. The only thing he was carrying was an Ipod and headphones.
A friend of mine was going to film part of his short film in Atlanta. The gangs in the neighborhood all demanded payment for using their "block". He went to the police department to hire security for the shoot. When he told them about the threats the police said "it would probably be a good idea to pay." He decided to film in another city.