ATLANTA (AP) – An Atlanta police officer is on administrative duty after activists say video shows him body-slamming a woman amid protests over police brutality. News outlets report 24-year-old Amber Jackson says the officer yanked her out of a car and threw her down, breaking her shoulder and fracturing her clavicle in the early morning hours of May 30. Police released a statement saying Jackson attempted to move a barricade blocking the road and then refused to get out of the vehicle. The officer hasn’t been identified but was placed on desk duty. Jackson’s attorney and other activists are calling for the officer to be fired.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Georgia’s congressional delegation is pushing to name a post office for the late state Sen. Jack Hill. All 14 Georgia members of the U.S. House signed proposed legislation to place Hill’s name on a post office building in his hometown of Reidsville. Hill died April 6 at the age of 75. The Republican lawmaker served at the state Capitol as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. He was first elected to the Senate 30 years ago as a Democrat. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter in a statement remembered Hill for his immense dedication and kindness.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Public outrage over the death of George Floyd is spilling over into small town America. Rallies have surfaced in places such as Norfolk, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa, drawing hundreds of people in communities that are mostly white. Experts who study race relations say the protests illustrate the degree to which the movement demanding social justice has spread, fueled by social media and persistent but less visible racism experienced by minorities in smaller cities. The gatherings have been largely peaceful although some turned to violence and vandalism.
ATLANTA (AP) – Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux narrowly lost her race for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in 2018. Now she’s back trying to claim the seat as Republican incumbent Rob Woodall declines to seek another term. The district includes suburban areas of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties. Bourdeaux’s opponents include state Sen. Zahra Karinshak, state Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero, former Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves, political activist Nabilah Islam and 2016 Democratic nominee Rashid Malik. A runoff, if needed, would be held between the top two Democratic finishers on Aug. 11. The winner of the Democratic primary will go on to face the winner of similarly crowded Republican field.