Georgia Declares State of Emergency After Weekend Shootings in Atlanta

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in the Peach State on Monday afternoon, allowing for the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta following a violent weekend that left 31 people wounded from multiple shootings and five dead, including an 8-year-old girl.

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Thousands March in Atlanta for Criminal Justice and Voting Reform

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of downtown Atlanta Monday to join a march organized by the Georgia NAACP demanding criminal justice and voting reform following a chaotic primary election and the shooting of another unarmed black man by police.

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Biden Talks Police Reform, Pandemic With Big-City Mayors

Vying for the Oval Office in November, former Vice President Joe Biden held a virtual roundtable with big-city mayors Monday to discuss the protests roiling America and how the federal government can assist local decision-makers to bounce back from the twin difficulties presented by violence in the streets and the economic ravages of the pandemic.

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Blind Trombonist

Eryk Radical, a blind trombonist and music student at Georgia State University, sued the Atlanta Police Department and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in federal court, claiming they illegally harassed, arrested and imprisoned him for playing his trombone in public, which is “explicitly allowed … under local municipal and county codes.”

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