A car came off the Interstate and drove down University Avenue and was stopped by armed protesters. Police say an altercation ensued followed by gunfire which hit and killed an innocent eight-year-old girl. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has only offered a weak response to the violent protesters.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is rumored to be in the running to be the vice-presidential candidate to be decided by Biden. Her response to the riots should be a real disqualifier for that position.
Biden would have to be an idiot to pick a running mate who can’t even run her city. How could she run the country after Biden is found to be unfit mentally?
An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed last night by armed individuals blocking an entrance … across the street from the burned down Wendy’s. This should be national news on every Fake News Media propaganda station in America. But it won’t be. #gapolhttps://t.co/XnA7X73g2H
— Marjorie Taylor Greene For Congress?? (@mtgreenee) July 5, 2020
On Saturday night alone, 24 people were shot in Atlanta.
VIOLENT INDEPENDENCE DAY: *24 people* were shot overnight in Atlanta
…including an 8yo girl on Pryor Rd (who was tragically killed)
…and 14 people on Auburn Ave, a few blocks from MLK memorial (2 are in critical condition, the rest are stable)
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaFOX5) July 5, 2020
The Intercept’s George Chidi (a former US Army combat correspondent) was attacked by armed protesters when he visited the area around the Wendy’s a few weeks back to report on the protests. Excerpt from his Intercept report published June 24:
ON SATURDAY NIGHT, barricades blocked the street on one side of the charred ruins of the Wendy’s drive-thru where an Atlanta police officer killed Rayshard Brooks a week ago, on June 12. Cars cordoned off the other side. There, a Black man with an AR-15 was standing guard, stopping white people from entering the site.
What began last week as a vigil for Brooks had transformed into something more militant. Amid the selfie-taking teenagers and people hawking Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the crowded convenience store nearby, a band of armed young Black men milled about. They bore pistols and long guns, with gaudy accessories redolent of modern militia equipage: an extended pistol magazine here, a cheap scope there.
Police slowly rolled by the corner of Pryor Street and University Drive every five or 10 minutes, warily observing. The cops, many of whom have been calling in sick, are effectively on strike…
…I did not know before I arrived that earlier that day people had smashed a car window and punched a white guy who had been driving through the area. I also didn’t know that they had been harassing and assaulting livestreamers.
At around 10 p.m., someone started shooting. I don’t know what they were shooting at. When someone then started to return fire, people took cover as best they could and others went into defensive firing positions. No one imposed command and control. There was no after-action review.
The crowd of 500 dwindled to a crowd of about 50. I walked up to a group of young men with guns that was gingerly disarming someone they didn’t know. A woman in the group angrily accused me of being with the mysterious armed man. I had introduced myself to her as a journalist earlier that evening.
She and three men confronted me when they saw a cellphone in my hand, concerned that I had taken their pictures. I had not. They demanded my phone. I wouldn’t hand over my phone to a police officer, and I wasn’t going to give it to them. When I refused, one armed man said he would kill me.