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"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

Protests elevate Bottoms and Demings as possible Biden running mates

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Joe Biden praised Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms for her “incredible” response to days of civil unrest, singling her out during a Monday forum with other mayors for her passionate plea asking demonstrators to go home.

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.

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Joe Biden praised Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms for her “incredible” response to days of protests in part sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

⚡️ "This is like Charlottesville all over again. He speaks and he makes it worse. There are times when you should just be quiet." Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms is showing Trump – and America – what leadership looks like

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.”

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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.

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Biden will have a virtual roundtable today at 1 p.m. with Bottoms'>Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, his campaign says. Usually it would be the president convening such key mayors.

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."

Bottoms'>Atlanta Mayor Bottoms condemns rioters in fiery speech: "You are disgracing our city, you are disgracing the life of George Floyd"

“He should just stop talking. This is like Charlottesville all over again. He speaks and he makes it worse. There are times when you should just be quiet and I wish that he would just be quiet.” — Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms to @jaketapper  on President Trump.

“I am the son of an Atlanta police officer. … I am tired of seeing black men die.” In an emotional speech, rapper Killer Mike addressed George Floyd protesters while speaking at Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms’ news conference.

"If you care about this city then go home." Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms was visibly angry at a news conference during the Atlanta protests on Friday

Stunning display of leadership from Atlanta Mayor Keisha LanceBottoms -- absolutely stunning. Trust me -- this is worth setting aside a couple of minutes to watch:

whenever I go onstage I just hope to deliver my songs with the intensity of which I deliver nicki’s “bottoms up” verse when I’m singing along in the car.

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