"This has been a really tough balance because I feel helpless. I feel angry. I feel frustrated." Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms says she's trying to find balance between criticizing police officers and supporting ones who protect the city amid protests
The mayor said the footage she saw showed a clear use of force. “Use of excessive force is never acceptable," Bottoms told reporters. Shields called the footage “really shocking to watch.”
The AJC reviewed the video from seven officers during the incident to gain a clearer picture of the confrontation, and to better understand why Bottoms'>Mayor Bottoms took the extraordinary step of ordering their terminations just 24 hours after the incident.
Atlanta mayor Keisha LanceBottoms’s press conference was an extraordinary example of leadership, featuring powerful words from the mayor, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, and rapper and social activist Killer Mike.
Bottoms'>Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for peace and demanded an end to chaos. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt,” Bottoms said. “So, you're not going to out-concern me and out-care about where we are in America.”
Messiah Young "It's a blessing that I'm alive and here to talk to you. Here to express everything that's occurring in this moment" He is facing criminal charges that Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms has asked to be dropped.
Bottoms'>Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the violent demonstrations in Atlanta are “disgracing the life of George Floyd”: “When you burn down this city, you’re burning down our community. If you want change in America, go and register to vote.”
"This is chaos. A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated we didn't do this to our city," Bottoms'>Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. "If you want change in America, go and register to vote."