Public Safety

Published on July 12th, 2016 |


Mayor considers curfew to deal with problem of continuing protests

As Atlanta enters another day of protests, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is reportedly considering enacting a curfew.

WABE reported that Reed said officials will continue to monitor protests and that he is “certainly considering” a curfew.

Protests in Atlanta have been mostly peaceful. Reed said the city is doing all it can not to arrest protesters. He said over the weekend that protests are taking a toll on officers and he asked protesters to treat them with respect, according to WABE.

The mayor credited Atlanta Police and the Georgia State Patrol for avoiding mass arrests.

Reed said, “If we had started making arrests of these young people, we would have been contributing to the very pathology that we’re talking about, and that is giving young black people arrest records,” according to WABE.

“And so I ask that you all consider the humanity we’ve shown in doing everything we could to refrain from arresting you. But all things have their limits,” he added.

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