A second day of protests Saturday began with a crowd outside the Governor’s Mansion and grew to include demonstrations in downtown Atlanta. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms implemented a curfew for the city following a night of chaotic protests Friday that led to vandalism and looting in parts of downtown Atlanta and Buckhead.
“There will be no lawlessness,” Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said during a news conference Saturday evening. The department was caught off balance once, she said. “It’s not going to happen twice.”
Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody spread around the United States on Saturday, as his case renewed anger about others involving African Americans, police and race relations.
12:15 a.m.: The remaining groups of people still out in downtown Atlanta continued to thin as police made more arrests and others left the area.
12 a.m.: Several people were detained by police around midnight, three hours after Atlanta’s curfew went into effect.
11:30 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order authorizing up to 3,000 National Guard troops to work statewide in advance of protests planned Sunday in Savannah and elsewhere.
Outside Atlanta, demonstrators where holding a rally in Gainesville that had thus far remained peaceful Saturday night, Channel 2 reported.
Breaking : protestors and Gainesville/ Hall county authorities face to face right now in downtown Gainesville . Peaceful so far , some yelling but no incidents . Jesse Jewell Parkway and Main Street blocked . @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/0gWknn1POm— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) May 31, 2020