A Weekend Of Peaceful Protests With No Arrests In Atlanta
Updated at 9:11 p.m. on Sunday.
Demonstrations took place in metro-Atlanta Sunday for the 10th day in a row in protest of racism and police brutality, sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
The “City Too Busy To Hate” continued its streak of peaceful protests with Atlanta Police Department reporting zero arrests for the entire weekend.
A planned 8 p.m. curfew was lifted on Saturday by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after protests on Friday went on without incident. This city announced Sunday that there would also be no curfew enforced.
The weekend’s eased demonstrations were a welcome reprieve from heightened tensions between protesters and law enforcement after riot police used tear gas to disperse crowds earlier in the week.
Atlanta Congressman John Lewis visited Washington D.C.’s newly-named “Black Lives Matter Plaza” Sunday. According to D.C.’s Fox-5 TV news station, the Civil Rights leader said the protests are very moving — and sending a strong message to the rest of the world.
Congressman John Lewis visited now Black Lives Matter Plz this AM. Told me on protests:
‘It’s very moving. Very moving. Impressive. I think the people in DC and around nation are sending a mightily powerful and strong message to the rest of the world that we will get there.’ pic.twitter.com/6MhdcGsaQ0
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) June 7, 2020
At Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR paused before Sunday’s Cup race to acknowledge the nationwide protests, in a remarkable moment for the sport with its roots in the South and one-time embrace of Confederate symbols.