ATLANTA — It was another fairly quiet end to a day full of peaceful protests across the city of Atlanta.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a curfew for City of Atlanta for 8 p.m.
We had several reporters and photographers on the ground all over the city to capture how the day unfolded.
Here’s a minute-by-minute look:
Channel 2′s Justin Wilfon says the protesters have moved out of downtown:
Another night of protests have ended peacefully here at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/s5tZogIYH4— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 6, 2020
Police begin to move protesters out of the area around Centennial Olympic Park:
WATCH LIVE: Police starting to move people out of downtown almost 10 minutes after curfew took effect: https://t.co/c8cPBZLATJ pic.twitter.com/mJohFzguL4— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 6, 2020
Members of the National Guard dance with some of the protesters in downtown:
15 minutes before curfew and members of the National Guard are getting down at Centennial Olympic Park. Oookay!! @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/XmwN6lqzvq— Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) June 5, 2020
Channel 2′s Justin Wilfon said that for the first time tonight, protesters have started to shout at APD officers and National guard troops.
For the first time tonight, protestors in downtown Atlanta have started to shout at APD officers and National Guard troops. “I don’t see no riot here, why are you in riot gear?” @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/WaWwhCNMT6— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 5, 2020
The entire crowd of protesters downtown has taken a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd:
HAPPENING NOW: The whole crowd downtown has taken a knee and is staying silent for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd: https://t.co/uE6VC1daul pic.twitter.com/QwSH1tCOvd— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 5, 2020
Happening now: The crowds downtown have grown exponentially with just 90 minutes until the curfew is set to begin:
#BREAKING: The crowd at Centennial Olympic Park has grown in leaps and bounds just 90 minutes before the 8 p.m. curfew begins: https://t.co/uE6VC1daul pic.twitter.com/mY30GljNEI— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 5, 2020
Channel 2′s Justin Wilfon was outside Centennial Olympic Park, where he said National Guard troops were making their presence known, but were standing far away from protesters. A barricade also separated law enforcement from the crowd.
Protesters have gathered peacefully outside of the City of Decatur courthouse:
I’m using the #AirborneAdvantage and found a peaceful protest that has begun in downtown Decatur outside the courthouse. No #ATLTraffic impacts. @wsbradio @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/nPUdgx1uiK— Mike Shields WSB (@MikeShieldsWSB) June 5, 2020
The City of Atlanta has announced that they will provide free COVID-19 testing for protesters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chosewood Arts Complex.
There will be free #COVID19 testing for protesters and the Atlanta community at Chosewood Arts Complex from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. See the graphic for details. #ATLStrong pic.twitter.com/wrDwfsHWLN— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta) June 5, 2020
Protesters today are holding balloons in honor of Breonna Taylor, who would have celebrated her 27th birthday today:
More of a party like atmosphere at this protest in downtown Atlanta. Protestors just sang happy birthday to Breonna Taylor, the young woman killed by Louisville police who would have been celebrating her birthday today. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/vqWrCDVGe6— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 5, 2020
4:45 p.m. Channel 2′s Justin Wilfon is in front of CNN center, where a drumline is performing.
Protestors have now been joined by a drum brigade here in downtown Atlanta and are once again blocking the intersection of Centennial and Marietta. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/n8kM5eqPIt— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 5, 2020
Demonstrators are sitting down at the intersection of MLK and Centennial Olympic Park Dr as APD blocked off the direct route back to the park. pic.twitter.com/JDbk3ghgMd— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) June 5, 2020
Another group of peaceful protesters has gathered outside Centennial Olympic Park.
Another group of protestors have gathered outside Centennial Olympic Park here in downtown Atlanta. So far peaceful and probably about the same size as this time yesterday. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/IxsX3rfgB9— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 5, 2020
Marchers are on the move through downtown Atlanta.
Demonstrators, young and old, are marching through downtown Atlanta again. pic.twitter.com/meTwrbxCKS— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) June 5, 2020
A small group of protesters are in front of City Hall, chanting “What’s his name? George Floyd!”
Channel 2′s Richard Elliot was in downtown Atlanta, where a small group of protesters were gathered outside Centennial Olympic Park.
Just went by Marietta St at Centennial Olympic Park Dr. Seeing the smallest crowd of protestors this week. Not seeing police but am seeing some National Guard soldiers at ease in the park. pic.twitter.com/yM4POGySdD— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) June 5, 2020
MARTA police took a knee and remained silent for 8 minutes.
“The Marta Police Department, along with Marta CEO Jeff Parker, are observing an 8-minute moment of silence to reflect on the events that are occurring nationally, while acknowledging our commitment to continue to protect and serve without prejudice nor injustice,” officials wrote in a post on Facebook.
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Doctors, nurses and all other healthcare providers with white coats met to kneel for racial injustice at Emory School of Medicine at 1 p.m.
This afternoon, @EmoryMedicine and @EmoryHealthcare doctors and others kneeled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in solidarity with the black community as part of #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives pic.twitter.com/69acNhEbvj— Emory University (@EmoryUniversity) June 5, 2020
Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach was in Cobb County, where about 100 protesters, mostly KSU students, were outside a store that sells Civil War Surplus. The group gathered across from Wild Mans, which sells Confederate flags and features a mannequin with a KKK hood.
Protesters told Gehlbach they want the business shut down.
“I don’t want to see the place burn down,” Fredrick Saunders said. “I want them to stop patronizing this guy, stop giving him money, to the point where he has to shut down.”
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