`When does it stop?' Slain man's family makes tearful plea

Jun 15, 2020
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The family of a black man killed in a scuffle with Atlanta police outside a fast food drive-through is pleading for nonviolent protests and policy changes to end future deaths in police custody. 


On Saturday June 6th, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement hosted a rally downtown. This rally drew upwards of 3000 demonstrators, and featured speeches by political and faith leaders, as well as musical performances. Among the speakers were activist Mokah Jasmine Johnson, and her husband and District 10 County Commission candidate for Knowa Johnson. Johnson’s daughter also spoke during the rally, and called the crowd to action.

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The Justice for Black Lives Rally will take place on Saturday, June 6 at 2 pm, according to the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM). Organizers have been coordinating with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and City Manager Blaine Williams regarding safety measures and rumors spreading around the community. 


Georgia Department of Public Health

In response to recent demonstrations and gatherings by members of the public, the Northeast Health District is issuing guidance on reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission during mass gatherings and on how to respond to a potential exposure while in attendance.

Steps that you can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during gatherings include:

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An Emory University infectious disease specialist says he has serious concerns that police spraying tear gas on protesters could spread the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported Friday that coronavirus infections statewide have topped 50,000.