Eight-year-old girl fatally shot at protest site in Atlanta; Liberal mayor says ‘enough’
The mayor of Atlanta told protesters at a burned-down Wendy’s that they were no longer welcome to protest there after an eight-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner, was shot to death by armed protesters near the site while sitting in a car.
“Interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant said the driver was confronted by a group of armed people who had blocked the entrance, which was less than a half-mile from the Wendy’s,” reports NBC News.
“You shot and killed a baby,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordering the protesters out. “Enough is enough.”
The Wendy’s is the site where Rayshard Brooks was shot by the police and has since been turned into a protest site by Black Lives Matter. The Wendy’s was allegedly torched by Brooks’ girlfriend, Natalie White, subsequent to his death. White was arrested two weeks ago and charged with arson.
“We ain’t got nothing to do with that,” said Secoriea Turner’s mother about the protests. “[We’re] innocent. We didn’t mean no harm. My baby didn’t mean no harm.”
The mayor said that protests have been “largely peaceful,” but a state public safety building was the target of an alleged attempted firebombing on Sunday.
“For every 100 gatherings, we have an incident,” she said. “It’s frustrating.”
On Sunday, 24 hours after the death of Secoriea, police responded to additional reports of shootings near the protest site. They found one dead, and another wounded.
The July 4 toll for Black Americans in big cities was high: In Atlanta, police reported 25 people shot in six separate shootings over the weekend; in Chicago, 77 people were shot with 14 fatalities including a seven-year-old girl who was shot in the forehead as she played in a yard; in New York, 48 people were killed in shootings with 11 dead.
On Sunday alone, ten people were shot in Detroit with three fatalities.
“I just turned 80 and it’s been going on forever it gets to the point what are you going to do you can’t go out in the first place because they might come around your house, too,” said one Detroit resident of last’s night’s violence. “I have grandkids myself — they play on the sidewalk all the time and it’s dangerous to see these people can get away with it.”
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