ATLANTA — A curfew is now in effect in City of Atlanta that will last until sunrise Monday morning.
The city saw another day of protests across the metro Atlanta area, several of them peaceful. Only small groups of agitators remained downtown Sunday night.
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10:56 p.m. People who remain on the streets of downtown Atlanta are being taken into custody.
HAPPENING NOW: People who are still on the streets in downtown Atlanta are being taken into custody: https://t.co/yffkgi8y4J pic.twitter.com/c0UlieXThx— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 1, 2020
Buckhead and Lenox Mall are heavily guarded and quiet tonight.
State DNR officers joining APD to guard Lenox Mall tonight in Buckhead - quiet here so far tonight pic.twitter.com/ciOpbc7FDC— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) June 1, 2020
10:16 p.m. National Guard officers are in place around Centennial Olympic Park tonight to keep the peace overnight. The are has mostly cleared out.
Members of the @GeorgiaGuard have been stationed at Centennial Olympic Park throughout the night to provide support, ensure peaceful assembly, and enforce the curfew that is now in effect. pic.twitter.com/i5IvwC0bDd— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) June 1, 2020
9:52 p.m. Athens-Clarke County has declared a state of emergency tonight.
Athens-Clarke County declares State Of Emergency: @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/Xy7CuttrMY— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) June 1, 2020
9:31 p.m. Atlanta police have identified two officers who were fired for using excessive force last night as Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner.
#BREAKING: Atlanta police have identified two officers who were fired after using excessive force against protesters as Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner: https://t.co/ee7OTKXpjo pic.twitter.com/6yYSyxfVOS— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 1, 2020
The curfew is now in effect, but several protesters remain on the street. Police are moving quickly through the streets of downtown in full riot gear.
Appears to be military grade tear gas going off downtown.@wsbtv #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/PthfeT5ikI— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) June 1, 2020
.@AudreyWSBTV reports from Downtown ATL, where she and her photojournalist Anthony Shepherd had to take cover inside news unit after getting hit w/ tear gas— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) June 1, 2020
HAPPENING NOW: Police are on the move in riot gear as the 9 p.m. curfew takes effect. WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/c8cPBZLATJ pic.twitter.com/eBwWof4Hl8— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 1, 2020
8:50 p.m. It appears some protesters in downtown Atlanta are forming a barricade between themselves and police just minutes ahead of a city-wide curfew at 9 p.m.
Protesters are using fencing to form a barrier between them and police ahead of the 9 p.m. curfew: https://t.co/yffkgi8y4J pic.twitter.com/wsmyMoGUct— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 1, 2020
Protesters have started to throw things, light fireworks and clash with police in downtown Atlanta.
HAPPENING NOW: Protesters have started to throw things, light fireworks and clash with police in downtown Atlanta: https://t.co/yffkgi8y4J pic.twitter.com/D3zFDkE921— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 1, 2020
8:23 p.m. A public safety alert just went out to phones across metro Atlanta warning people of the curfew that starts at 9 p.m.
Another alert just sent out to cell phones in Atlanta. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/rCXqhALm8K— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 1, 2020
8:21 p.m. A massive crowd of protesters who have walked from Atlantic Station to downtown Atlanta has arrived near Centennial Olympic Park. News Chopper 2 shows huge crowds at the intersection of Marietta Street where people are throwing items at police and there are plumes of smoke.
Demonstrators continue to move toward the Centennial Olympic Park area pic.twitter.com/2QDeaZcr7u— Scott Trubey (@FitzTrubey) June 1, 2020
7:28 p.m. Channel 2′s Justin Gray is in downtown Athens, where several hundred people have gathered for a peaceful protest.
Only a few of 500-600 people who gathered for this peaceful protest in Athens remain. Just spoke to the Sheriff who told me it went off without a hitch. Well organized, peaceful protest. Plenty of law enforcement on hand but Sheriff says no problems between police & protestors pic.twitter.com/ph2RkY2ENb— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) May 31, 2020
7:18 p.m. A group of protesters have staged a peaceful sit-in on the 17th street bridge.
HAPPENING NOW: A large group of protesters have gathered for a peaceful sit-in on the 17th street bridge: https://t.co/yffkgi8y4J pic.twitter.com/hjOqk0cmbJ— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 31, 2020
6:15 p.m. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Sunday night that two Atlanta police officers caught on video Tasing and dragging two college students out of a car during protests Saturday night have been fired.
5:48 p.m. Channel 2′s Audrey Washington is in downtown Atlanta, where there is a huge police presence.
#GeorgeFloydProtests #DowntownAtlanta @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/CLiGNAJaRz— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) May 31, 2020
5:33 p.m. Channel 2′s Tom Regan is at the state capitol, where buildings are being guarded by the Georgia National Guard.
State capitol, buildings nearby fortified with military Humvees, armored tactical vehicles in anticipation of a third night of protests. pic.twitter.com/6h01qhkRGp— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) May 31, 2020
4:33 p.m. Officials with the Atlanta University Center has asked Atlanta Mayor Bottoms and Atlanta Police Chief Shields to investigate after viral video of two AUC students being arrested and apparently tased in their car Saturday night.
“Last night, two members of the Atlanta University Center family (one from Morehouse College and one from Spelman College) were detained with unnecessary force by law enforcement in downtown Atlanta,” officials said. “While we understand the need to maintain order, the abusive behavior reported to us is completely unacceptable.”
Two different protests, both peaceful, crossing paths.— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) May 31, 2020
Surreal to hear one group singing “Break every chain” and another group chanting “No Justice, No Peace!”@wsbtv #DowntownAtlanta#GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/IryeJGIz0A
4:12 p.m. Channel 2′s Audrey Washington is at Centennial Olympic Park, where protesters have gathered to sing in a peaceful scene:
This is the part of the peaceful protests that isn’t shown enough. #DowntownAtlanta@wsbtv #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/qfLEU5vtAm— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) May 31, 2020
4:01 p.m. Police say 157 people were arrested in protests in Atlanta yesterday.
4:00 p.m. Georgia National Guard troops underwent riot control training today to prepare for tonight’s potential protests. Gov. Kemp has authorized up to 3,000 troops to help local authorities keep the peace tonight.
Georgia Army National Guardsmen receive a riot control training course on May 31, 2020 in Atlanta Ga. Georgia @GovKemp has authorized the activation of up to 3,000 Georgia Guardsmen to augment local civil authorities in the wake of civil unrest. pic.twitter.com/gGaFFNfDu2— GA National Guard (@GeorgiaGuard) May 31, 2020
MARTA will suspend all rail, bus and paratransit service again Sunday night starting at 9 p.m.
Update: In accordance with the curfew established by Cty of Atlanta, MARTA will suspend *all* rail, bus, & paratransit services at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. Streetcar service is currently suspended for the remainder of the evening.— MARTA (@MARTASERVICE) May 31, 2020
The Atlanta University Center are set to engage in peaceful protest starting at 3 p.m. after two AUC students were arrested by police last night in a viral video. The group is walking to Centennial Park for a protest at 5 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted video of the Georgia National Guard “ready for mission assignments across our state to prepare for protests and keep our community safe.”
The @GeorgiaGuard is ready for mission assignments across our state to prepare for protests and keep communities safe. pic.twitter.com/47j2VahP6f— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 31, 2020
2:00 p.m. The Mayor has announced the city will be under curfew again Sunday starting at 9 p.m.
The curfew in the city of Atlanta has been extended starting tonight, May 31, 2020 at 9 P.M. and continuing through sunrise tomorrow June 1, 2020. Please stay home. pic.twitter.com/V6AWCSiD0A— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta) May 31, 2020
11:00 a.m. The Georgia NAACP announces it will host a press conference at Noon today to discuss everything that has happened this weekend.
“We are deeply disturbed by the inaction that has come in the wake of the deaths of countless African- Americans in the state and are calling for swift and immediate action to resolve every single demand that we have outlined here. Two local college students were violently detained in a way that highlights the urgency for us to save Black lives,” stated the Georgia NAACP President, Reverend James Woodall.
We are holding a Press Conference with @AJustGeorgia in Liberty Plaza at 12noon today to discuss the recent arrests of two local college students, the Atlanta uprisings , and our demands for a better Georgia. https://t.co/RaI2VyDWLr— Georgia NAACP (@Georgia_NAACP) May 31, 2020
9:30 a.m. The peaceful protest and service has begun at New Birth Missionary Baptist.
Annnnd service is now underway here at New Birth Baptist Church! Pastor Jamal Bryant says right now is a critical moment in time and a lot of people are in pain but instead of criticizing young people, it’s time to listen to what they are trying to say. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/fUfVEFRzVp— Kristen Holloway (@KHollowayWSB) May 31, 2020
Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway is at New Birth Missionary Baptist, where church members will discuss their concerns about recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
The church will hold a service and peaceful protest starting at 9:30 a.m.
This morning New Birth church members will discuss their concerns about the deaths of black men & women killed across the country & here in Georgia. Today’s service & protest starts at 9:30am. I’m live with everything happening on church campus today starting at 9:15am. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/tnOHOj0vh1— Kristen Holloway (@KHollowayWSB) May 31, 2020
Channel 2′s Darryn Moore is in downtown Atlanta following the cleanup efforts Sunday morning. He spoke with former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Chris Draft, who was out helping.
“Whoever did this was bent on making a mess and had complete disrespect for our city. But that’s not everybody. It’s wrong, it’s terrible, but it’s not Atlanta,” Draft said.
An Atlanta curfew that went into effect Saturday ended at sunrise Sunday morning. MARTA services are slowly resuming now that the curfew is over.
Channel 2′s Richard Elliott is at the Target off Piedmont Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard, where firefighters were battling a small, smoldering fire.
Atlanta firefighters at the scene said they could not say if it was arson and related to the protests or if there was a different cause of the fire.
The store and another Buckhead location are part of the 175 stores nationwide that Target is temporarily closing.
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