ATLANTA (AP) – Hundreds of demonstrators outraged by police killings of blacks elsewhere in the nation held a sit-in outside the Georgia governor’s mansion in Atlanta late Monday, marking the fifth straight day of protests in the capital city.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner appeared at the sit-in late Monday night and spoke privately with protest leaders before the crowd dispersed peacefully.
Earlier Monday, protesters blocked a road near Atlanta’s Lenox Square mall before marching to the mansion amid chants of “justice” and “black lives matter.”
At a news conference earlier Monday, Reed said police showed “extraordinary restraint” during several earlier nights of protests in Atlanta over the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. About 15,000 attended other protests over the weekend.