ATLANTA — A curfew is in place again for the city of Atlanta for a third night as police and the National Guard work to clear protesters from downtown.
The curfew will end Tuesday at sunrise.
Thousands of people in Atlanta and across Georgia protested the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody. Most of the demonstrations peaceful, but there were some skirmishes between police and some protesters.
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Protesters marched through the streets of Atlanta throughout the day Monday, with at least 55 people being arrested for trying to walk onto the downtown connector.
As the night moved on, protesters moved back toward Centennial Olympic Park. Shortly after 8 p.m., police began clearing the streets. As the 9 p.m. curfew went into effect, the presence of protesters was very little.
HERE’S A MINUTE-BY-MINUTE LOOK AT HOW THE DAY UNFOLDED:
9:48 p.m.: Atlanta police said they have made 52 arrests so far today:
“Throughout the day, we have been monitoring several large groups of protesters in the city, with the main group being at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street. We have encountered several issues during the day including instances where protesters blocked traffic on several roadways and briefly entered onto the interstate. As of 8:00 PM, we made 52 arrests. The curfew is now in effect and officers are working to ensure compliance with the curfew and making arrests where needed.”
9:08 p.m.: National Guard and APD working to clear streets now that curfew is in effect:
National guard and APD heading down Andrew Young Blvd to clear streets pic.twitter.com/hm6ExZ9hm6— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) June 2, 2020
9:04 p.m. gas mask, helmet removal around Centennial Olympic Park. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/mO4DTfpNG4— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) June 2, 2020
8:53 p.m.: Police are moving in on protesters as 9 p.m. curfew nears:
Right now. Centennial Olympic Park @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/CAtRvMrMCi— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) June 2, 2020
8:47 p.m.: Police warning protesters that curfew is going to start soon:
Curfew warning over intercom outside of Centennial Olympic Park. Quarter til 9 @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/ko2Wm7j6A7— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) June 2, 2020
8:37 p.m.: Protesters being tear gassed near Centennial Olympic Park:
Centennial Olympic Park. Tear gassing again @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/WBfP1V4qix— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) June 2, 2020
8:04 p.m.: Protesters now lying down in the road outside Atlanta City Hall:
Happening Now:— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) June 2, 2020
Protesters laying down in front of Atlanta City Hall, chanting “What’s his name? #GeorgeFloyd.”@wsbtv pic.twitter.com/mAVuwYYNxP
7:52 p.m.: Channel 2′s Audrey Washington says tear gas has been deployed in downtown.
And just like that...tear gas deployed and protesters running.#Downtownatlanta #GeorgeFloydprotest @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/tAGMBF3clH— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) June 1, 2020
Pepper spray deployed outside Capitol:
Pepper spray deployed outside Capitol (one group dancing to Tupac’s “Changes,” another dancing around a car playing NWA) pic.twitter.com/I89N4vLjgx— tyler, the reporter (@ByTylerEstep) June 1, 2020
7:45 p.m.: Protesters have lined up outside the state Capitol with police keeping them at bay.
The scene outside the Capitol pic.twitter.com/AkIbw9eQKt— tyler, the reporter (@ByTylerEstep) June 1, 2020
7:19 p.m.: Channel 2′s Audrey Washington reports that there is very different vibe with the protests in downtown tonight.
A much different vibe on night 4 of protests in #DowntownAtlanta.#GeorgeFloydProtests @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/r1EdmDt23c— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) June 1, 2020
6:18 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp said 55 protesters were arrested today for being in the roadway.
Earlier today, a large group of protestors gathered at City Hall and marched toward the interstate system, obstructing traffic and endangering public safety.— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) June 1, 2020
Approximately fifty-five individuals were arrested for being in the roadway. They are being processed by the Atlanta City Detention Center.— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) June 1, 2020
5:41 p.m.: Crowd of protesters at Centennial Olympic Park appears to be growing.
Crowd seems to have grown Centennial Olympic Park Dr. at Marietta St. Protesters on east side of intersection and then line of APD bicycle officers on other side with full backing of a Natl Guard. Roads shut down. #ATLtraffic #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/bYveodNxh5— 🔥Fireball Turnbull 🚁 (@DougTurnbull) June 1, 2020
5:06 p.m.: The students who were tased by two now-fired APD officers are set to speak about what happened.
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Messiah Young arriving at Morehouse College with a cast on his arm and limping. He is set to speak in minutes. @wsbtv at 5 pic.twitter.com/BD6dYHWMye— Dave Huddleston (@DaveHWSB) June 1, 2020
4:40 p.m.: MARTA says it is suspending service tonight in coordination with the city’s curfew:
“In accordance with the curfew extension announced today by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, MARTA will suspend all rail, bus, and paratransit services at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1 within the City of Atlanta. Riders within the City of Atlanta should board their last train by 8:30 p.m.; all rail stations within the City of Atlanta will close at 9:00 p.m. Due to protests at Centennial Olympic Park, streetcar services have been suspended for the night.”
4:25 p.m.: Protesters have arrived back to Atlanta City Hall. People are currently being arrested.
Protesters getting arrested near Atlanta City Hall. Atlanta Police Officer told me at one point protesters got on the interstate.@wsbtv pic.twitter.com/zVDwGVex27— Carol Sbarge (@carolsbargeWSB) June 1, 2020
2:10 p.m. The City of Atlanta will extend its curfew for a third straight night. It will start at 9 p.m. Monday night and end at sunrise Tuesday.
The curfew in the city of Atlanta has been extended starting tonight, June 1, 2020 at 9 P.M. and continuing through sunrise tomorrow June 2, 2020. Please stay home. pic.twitter.com/rjK8Aq6mKz— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta) June 1, 2020
1:06 p.m. Channel 2′s Tom Regan is live at a rally hosted by a local pastor in Atlanta.
Happening Now: Pastor hold rally to denounce racism and call for hate crime law in Georgia. pic.twitter.com/t6kyOuSF2E— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) June 1, 2020
12:55 p.m.: A moment of silence is held on the Marietta Square during a peaceful protest Monday afternoon. Channel 2′s Chris Jose is following the demonstration.
A moment of silence on the Marietta Square during a #balcklivesmatter peaceful protest. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/JiqqGNlPzy— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) June 1, 2020
12:44 p.m.: Dozens of protesters are gathering outside the Atlanta City Hall for a peaceful demonstration.
Protesters gathering at Atlanta City Hall. They say they want justice now. @wsbtv at 4. pic.twitter.com/UaHZflPE2P— Carol Sbarge (@carolsbargeWSB) June 1, 2020
12:28 p.m.: More than 100 peaceful #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators are marching down Whitlock Avenue toward Marietta Square.
Happening now: More than 100 peaceful #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators are marching down Whitlock Ave toward Marietta Square. They’ve denounced outside agitators. @MariettaPD assisting with traffic control. All is peaceful. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/FIrvmE6Yln— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) June 1, 2020
12:15 p.m.: Roads near Centennial Olympic Park are back open and some restaurants in the area still have boards up.
8:20 a.m.: A group is holding a peaceful protest in front of Atlanta City Hall at 12:45 p.m. The groups is calling for a hate crime bill to be passed.
5:02 a.m.: Police still have Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Andrew Young International Boulevard closed.
4:30 a.m.: Triple Team Traffic’s Mark Arum says overall the roads and streets in Atlanta remain calm and clear hours after protests downtown.
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