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Trump news – live: Atlanta mayor ‘disgusted’ by president’s comments about John Lewis, as White House rules out new lockdown – The Independent

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Donald Trump said US Covid-19 deaths were lower “than the world” in an interview with Axios on HBO overnight, as America’s death toll surpassed 155,000 and continued to be the world’s highest total.

The president also declined to compare deaths by population with other countries, telling Axios’s Jonathan Swan that ”you can’t do that”, while downplaying the recent deaths of 1,000 Americans a day during the public health crisis and defending his administration’s response to the pandemic.

In the interview, Mr Trump dismissed late Georgia congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis (“I don’t know him”) and repeated well wishes to alleged child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN she was “disgusted” by the president’s remarks: “He doesn’t care anything about the history of this country. He doesn’t care anything about the future of this country. … He’s a narcissist and he is delusional.”

On Tuesday, the president reversed course on mail-in voting in Florida, a vital swing state, though absentee ballot procedures in other parts of the US are not substantially different, as he continues to argue that widespread mail-in ballots amid the pandemic will invite fraud, though no evidence suggests that is the case.

His press secretary Kayleigh McEnany railed against mass vote-by-mail efforts in other states, claiming they have been beset by “fraud, with delay, and that is what the president stands firmly against,” she said.

During a late press briefing on Tuesday, the president also dangerously suggested that a devastating series of explosions in Lebanon was an “attack” or a “bomb of some kind”, contradicting officials in Beirut who say several thousand tonnes of ammonium nitrate were improperly stored in a warehouse, triggering deadly blasts that have killed dozens of people and injured thousands of others.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump handed Microsoft a mid-September deadline to land a deal with TikTok in the US, after US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the president would soon “take action” over security concerns surrounding the Chinese video app.

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2020-08-04T07:51:44.580Z

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2020-08-04T08:36:00.593Z

Nevada governor signs mail-ballot legislation as Trump rages 

Governor Steve Sisolak signed Nevada’s new bill on mail-voting into law on Monday night, making Nevada the seventh state to send ballots to all registered voters for the 3 November election. 

That came some hours after Donald Trump complained that it was now “impossible” for Republicans to win in Nevada this November. 

“This bill will help prevent Nevadans from experiencing the long lines at polling locations they faced during the Primary election, which will protect their safety, safeguard their right to make their voices heard, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” tweeted Mr Sisolak . 

Mr Trump – who threatened to sue Nevada over the plans – has previously admitted that “Republicans would never be elected in this country again” if mail-voting took place across the US.

“We will be suing in Nevada. And that’s already been taken care of, we’ll probably file something tomorrow,” said Mr Trump during a White House briefing on Monday night.

Attorney Marc Elias, meanwhile, shared his thoughts on president Trump’s legal threat on Twitter:

Graig Graziosi has the latest on Nevada’s mail-ballot plans, here:


2020-08-04T08:47:37.633Z

New York primary elections are ‘a disgrace’, says president  

In another attack against mail-in ballots on Monday night, president Trump called on New York to re-do several close congressional primary races as the state struggles to count mail-in and absentee ballots more than a month after Election Day.


“Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. It’s a disgrace,” said Mr Trump. “They’re six weeks into it now — they have no clue what’s going on. … I think you’d probably have to take the Carolyn Maloney race and run it over again”. 

Griffin Connollly reports:  


2020-08-04T09:05:38.713Z

Trump dismisses Covid-19 death toll comparisons, says “you cant do that” 

The president avoided comparisons with other countries on Covid-19 on Monday night, telling Axios reporter Jonathan Swan that “you can’t do that”. 

Mr Trump – who has overseen the world’s highest coronavirus death toll – tried to make comparisons based on deaths as a proportion of case numbers. 

The excruciating interview comes less than a week after he lashed out at countries experiencing an uptick in coronavirus cases across the world,

“Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the US is really bad,” Axios’ reporter told the president. “Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc”

Mr Trump added that American coronavirus deaths were “lower than the world”: 


2020-08-04T09:27:20.350Z

Anti-Trump Republicans tease president over Covid-19 claims

In a tweet on Monday, the president claimed that the United States had “done MUCH better than most other Countries in dealing with the China Virus”.

Naturally, The Lincoln Project – an anti-Trump political action committee – pointed to new US cases compared to other countries, on Monday.  

That came as he blasted Dr Birx, the White House task force coordinator, for “pathetic” comments she provided in an interview this weekend.

As Graig Graziosi reports, Dr Birx had warned that Covid-19 was now “more widespread”: 


2020-08-04T09:41:46.640Z

Trump tells Axios: “I dont know John Lewis” 

More on that Axios on HBO interview, here, with president Trump complaining that the legendary civil rights leader John Lewis did not attend many of his presidency’s major events, including his 2017 inauguration. 

“I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration,” said Mr Trump. “I never met John Lewis, actually, I don’t believe.”

During a wide-ranging conversation, Axios interviewer Jonathan Swan asked Mr Trump how history would remember Lewis, who at the time was lying in state at the US Capitol.

The president declined to visit Lewis’s body last week, and was not in attendance at the late congressman’s funeral service on Friday. 

Andrew Naughtie reports: 


2020-08-04T10:12:21.426Z

US still wants to ban TikTok, say Chinese owners

The White House does not want to see TikTok sold in the US, but wants to see the app banned, says the Beijing-based technology company who owns the video app.

Citing misconceptions about the situation, ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming said the United States’ goal was not to see TikTok’s US operations sold-off, but rather to ban the app. 


The internal staff letter, which was reported by Chinese media and confirmed by a source to Reuters, was sent only to ByteDance’s Chinese employees after news that ByteDance was in talks to sell parts of TikTok to Microsoft prompted online criticism of the firm and Mr Zhang.


Mr Trump had announced hours earlier that Microsoft, the US technology giant, had until 15 September to agree a deal with TikTok.

Alex Woodward reports:


2020-08-04T10:30:10.133Z

Trump on Ghislaine Maxwell: “I wish her well”

President Trump said again that he wished Maxwell well, after Axios’ reporter Jonathan Swan challenged him on his admission last week that he wished the ex-British socialite well.

Maxwell denies charges that she provided Jeffrey Epstein – her former partner and a convicted sex offender – with underage girls to abuse. 

Mr Trump said last week at the White House: “I have met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach and they lived in Palm Beach, but I wish her well. 

“Mr President, Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested on allegations of child sex trafficking,” said Axios’ reporter. “Why would you wish such a person well?”

He responded: “I’d wish a lot of people well”.


2020-08-04T10:35:34.960Z

Investigation into bank fraud is ‘continuation of witch hunt’, says president

Mr Trump dismissed a Manhattan prosecutor’s bank fraud investigation into his businesses as “just a continuation of the witch hunt”, and that Democrats and intelligence holdovers from the Obama administration have been after him for years.


“They failed with Mueller, they failed with everything. They failed with Congress. They failed at every stage of the game,” Mr Trump said at a press conference on Monday. “This has been going on for three and a half, four years, even before I got in”.

Griffin Connolly has the latest:


2020-08-04T10:50:14.130Z

Trump complains US had no coronavirus tests before coronavirus

In another apparent attack on Barack Obama’s administration, Mr Trump claimed in an interview with Axios that “when I took over we didn’t even have a test [for Covid-19]”

“We didn’t have a test because there was no test”, added Mr Trump.

“Of course”, said Axios’ reporter Jonathan Swan. “Why would you have a test? The virus didn’t exist?”

When the pandemic started in March, Mr Trump appeared to blame the Obama administration and said: “we were given a — a set of circumstances, and we were given rules, regulations and specifications from a different time”. 


2020-08-04T11:12:50.020Z

Trump emails supporters with advice on mask wearing

The president – who denied international comparisons on coronavirus during his interview with Axios on Monday night – suggested that the United States was performing better than other countries during the pandemic.

But as deaths surpassed 155,000 on Monday, he appealed to his own supporters with an email encouraging them to wear masks to stop Covid-19 spreading, reports CNN. 

“I don’t love wearing them either. Masks may be good, they may be just okay, or they may be great,” said Mr Trump in the email, whilst suggesting that masks would “help us get back to our American way of life”. 

The advice to his own supporters comes amid concerns about poll numbers showing him trailing Democrat Joe Biden, who Mr Trump previously mocked for wearing a face covering during the pandemic. 

Andrew Naughtie reports on the president’s comments on Covid-19: 


2020-08-04T11:25:18.233Z

Joe Biden says Trump comments on mail ballots are “bald-faced lies” 


The Democrat used an online campaign event on Monday to bemoan president Trump’s unsubstantiated attacks on mail-ballots, whilst claiming the incumbent would do everything in his power to “argue this election is fraudulent.”


“He suggested we should postpone the election, full of just bald-faced lies about how mail-in votes were fraud, and how it was so terrible,” said Mr Biden. “Well look, he’s calling out any effort to exploit this pandemic for political purposes. It distracts from his complete failure”.


Meanwhile, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said the president was “rightfully calling attention to the clear fact” that universal mail-in voting creates “nightmare election scenarios”.


“Joe Biden and the radical left are fearmongering as they capitalise on the coronavirus crisis in an effort to scare voters into staying home on Election Day,” claimed Mr Murtaugh.


Arguments over mail ballots and in-person voting come despite the United States enduring the world’s highest coronavirus death toll, an economic slowdown, and nationwide protests against police violence and racism.

 

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2020-08-04T11:39:56.000Z

Could baseless attacks on mail-ballots lower Republican turnout in November?

Senior Trump advisers, including RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, have warned the president that his broad rhetoric is complicating Republican turnout efforts.

Ms McDaniel and Justin Clark, Mr Trump’s deputy campaign manager, have repeatedly encouraged the president to promote the use of absentee ballots – but that is being drowned-out by the president’s blanket attacks on all types of mail voting.


GOP officials around the country said more clarity from the president would help voters. “I think that is the distinction he is trying to draw,” said Alabama’s secretary of state John Merrill. “I would hope that he would be more specific in his explanation so people understand what the difference is.”

Amy Gardner and Josh Dawsey report:


2020-08-04T11:59:44.000Z

‘May karma find you’, says widow to Trump and non-mask wearers

The family of a Texas man who recently died of Covid-19 have published an obituary blaming his death on “politicians who did not take this pandemic seriously” and people who refuse to wear masks.

The obituary, which went viral on social media after it was published in a local newspaper last week, said 80-year-old David W. Nagy had “suffered greatly from the ravages of Covid-19”.

He died in hospital on 22 July, with his family not allowed to attend his bedside because of the risk of transmission, according to the paper.

It comes as Mr Trump emails supporters with advice to wear face coverings for the first time, after months of ignoring the recommendation.

Andrew Naughtie reports:


2020-08-04T12:15:44.000Z

Trump ‘has no idea what TikTok is’, says Seth Meyers

The comedian and NBC host told viewers on Monday night that Mr Trump’s possible ban on TikTok was a distraction amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The president could be focusing on any of that,” said Mr Meyers about coronavirus. “But instead, he’s decided to bring the full power of the presidency to bear on this.”

“I’m almost certain Trump has no idea what TikTok is. I’m betting TikTok was one of the answers he wrote on his cognitive test,” joked Mr Meyers.

Annabel Nugent has the latest:


2020-08-04T12:31:12.000Z

Congressional primaries taking place in five US states


Primary elections for Congress are taking place across five states, with outcomes in Kansas, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri and Washington setting the stage for November’s elections to the House of Representatives and Senate – and ultimately who holds the power in Washington. 

Two candidates from the edges of the Republican and Democratic parties, Kansas’ Kris Kobach and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, are among those on Tuesday’s ballots. 

The election’s are also set to test whether or not voters for each party will steer to the right or left, or stay closer to the political centre.

Mr Kobach previously advised Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign on immigration, whilst Ms Tlaib became one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress in 2018.

She has not endorsed the party’s more moderate presumptive nominee, Joe Biden.

Reuters


2020-08-04T12:49:12.000Z

New video of George Floyd arrest emerges

Bodycam video from Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of George Floyd in May, shows the fired officer approaching Floyd as he sat in his car.


Floyd, who becomes visibly distressed, can be seen begging for his life, and says: “Mr. Officer, please don’t shoot me. Please man”.

The emergence of new video comes as Portland experienced its 66th night of protests over systemic racism and police violence, following Floyd’s death in police custody.

Lane face charges of aiding and abetting both second degree murder and manslaughter.

Matt Mathers has the latest:


2020-08-04T13:13:38.986Z

Trump campaign concerned about convention backdrop

Mr Trump’s advisers are still pushing for some version of the Republican national convention to go on, say reports, after events in Florida and North Carolina were cancelled amid the pandemic.

Annie Karnie explains why Trump insiders want the president to pick a historic location as the backdrop for his renomination speech, here:


2020-08-04T13:28:51.150Z

Eric Trump complains Biden doesn’t do interviews

The president’s 36-year-old son has hit-back at critics mocking Donald Trump after his interview with Axios.

Although, instead of defending his father’s comments, Eric Trump has complained that Joe Biden was “dodging interviews”.

Here’s a highlight from that Axios interview, in case you missed it earlier:


2020-08-04T13:52:21.420Z

LA mayor adds to speculation around Biden’s VP pick

Los Angeles’ mayor Eric Garcetti says the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will select a running mate who will provide the same relationship he had with Barack Obama. 

And that, according to the Democratic mayor, includes “amazing women” who have all passed a vetting process. 

Mr Biden is expected to take two more weeks to name his vice presidential candidate, after originally suggesting he would make a decision in the first week of August. 

Here’s mayor Garcetti’s interview with MSNBC on Tuesday morning:

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BREAKING: Atlanta mayor tests positive for COVID-19 – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement she posted on Twitter late Monday.

“COVID-19 has literally hit home,” the mayor wrote at 5:45 p.m. “I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.”

In an interview with CNN hours later, Bottoms said her husband and one of her children also tested positive for the disease.

Another child tested negative, and her remaining two children still need to be tested. Bottoms told CNN that she had seen her mother the day prior and that she would need to be tested as well.

The day before Bottoms made the announcements on social media and national television, she hosted a press conference filled with a room full of police, fire Chief Randall Slaughter, three Atlanta City Council members, media and family members of 8-year-old shooting victim Secoriea Turner.

She wore a mask, but removed it to make lengthy remarks about Turner’s death, which occurred Saturday near the Wendy’s that has been occupied by armed demonstrators in the aftermath of Rayshard Brooks police killing last month.

Interim police Chief Rodney Bryant also spoke at the microphone.

Bottoms told MSNBC on Monday that she had herself tested because her husband had been sleeping a lot since Thursday.

“Which is just not like him,” she said. 

Bottoms said she and her family had been diligent about washing their hands and wearing masks.

“I have no idea when and where we were exposed,” she said.

Bottoms reiterated those comments on CNN but added that she had experienced very mild symptoms, comparing them to seasonal allergies.

According to an administrative order signed by Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey last month, anyone who comes within six feet of an affected person for 15 minutes or more will have to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.

The press conference scenario can be low-risk if proper precautions are taken, according to Emory University infectious disease expert Dr. Marybeth Sexton. She said it was unlikely most attendees of the mayor’s press conference were exposed as long as they were wearing masks. 

The CDC defines exposure as at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a COVID-19 carrier when neither party is wearing a mask.

According to Sexton, it is also unlikely that the interim police chief could have been infected from speaking into the same microphone as Mayor Bottoms. 

“Surface contamination is thought to be rare,” Sexton said. “You would have to put your hand on the microphone and then in your mouth.”

As a precaution, the fire chief has opted to self-quarantine pending the results of a COVID-19 test.

MORE: Atlanta fire chief in quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 test results

Bottoms will have to isolate herself and cooperate with state and local public health personnel to identify and locate those she came into contact with two days before her positive test sample, according to the order.

She may also have to provide a list of locations she visited during the time she might have potentially transmitted the disease.

Violation of the order is considered a misdemeanor, according to the order.

In interviews on CNN and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Bottoms said she believed the state reopened too aggressively. Despite Atlanta’s phased reopening plan, COVID-19 cases have surged recently in Fulton County along with the rest of Georgia.

As Bottoms has tried to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest over police brutality here in Atlanta, she has steadily emerged as a legitimate contender for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running-mate. She is often mentioned as a potential VP pick undergoing vetting from Biden’s campaign.

A spokesman for Bottoms didn’t immediately answer a question about how the mayor planned to govern the city while isolating herself from others.

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Atlanta police call out sick to protest murder charge against officer who shot Rayshard Brooks – The Washington Post

Hours after the Fulton County district attorney announced felony murder and other charges against the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, in the back, a number of Atlanta police officers called in sick just before a shift change Wednesday evening.

The city was left scrambling to cover absences as the Atlanta Police Department tried to tamp down rumors of a mass police walkout that spread widely on social media.

It’s unclear how many officers declined to show up for their Wednesday night shift. The police department declined to answer specific questions about the no-shows and the mayor did not release specific numbers when she spoke to reporters late Wednesday.

“We do have enough officers to cover us through the night,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) told CNN. “Our streets won’t be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out.”

The Atlanta Police Department confirmed a larger-than-normal number of absent officers on Wednesday evening but denied any mass strike in response to the criminal charges leveled against the two men involved in the fatal shooting of Brooks, whose death has sparked more protests against racism and police brutality.

Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents.

— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) June 18, 2020

Bottoms added that the city could rely on support from other law enforcement agencies in the area.

“We have other partners across the metropolitan area, including assistance from the state and from the county and from other jurisdictions,” she said. “So, we will be fine.”

Atlanta had already been rocked for weeks by Black Lives Matter protests and grief over the allegedly racially motivated slaying of Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, Ga. Tensions with the police flared again on Friday, when two officers responded to a call claiming Brooks had fallen asleep at the wheel while parked in a Wendy’s drive-through.

Brooks initially cooperated with a field sobriety test, but a scuffle broke out when two officers attempted to arrest him. Brooks grabbed one officer’s Taser and began running away. Prosecutors allege former officer Garrett Rolfe then shot Brooks in the back, said “I got him,” and then kicked Brooks as he lay on the asphalt. His partner, Officer Devin Brosnan, stood on Brooks’s arm after the shooting, prosecutors said.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr., announced murder and other charges against Rolfe on Wednesday. Brosnan faces aggravated assault and other charges.

Hours after the charges were announced, some Atlanta police officers began calling in sick just before their night shifts started. A police union spokesman confirmed the protest to NBC News, but said the union had not organized a formal walkout. Throughout Wednesday night, more officers reportedly called in sick, refused to show up to any calls except those requesting backup and went radio-silent.

“This is not an organized thing, it’s not a blue flu, it’s not a strike, it’s nothing like that,” Vince Champion, a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, told NBC News. “What it actually is is officers protesting that they’ve had enough and they don’t want to deal with it any longer.”

The “blue flu,” which Champion denied, is a type of de facto police strike in which a large group of officers simultaneously call in sick. Essential state employees, like police and first responders, are legally forbidden from actually walking out on the job in many jurisdictions.

Champion added that many officers felt prosecutors had not publicly shared sufficient evidence to back up the charges leveled against Rolfe, in part because the district attorney only released a video still that appears to show the former officer kick Brooks rather than the full video itself.

As officers began canceling their shifts Wednesday night, President Trump joined the fray to criticize the district attorney’s decision. In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday night, Trump called the shooting “a very, very sad thing” but then suggested Brooks was at fault.

“I thought it was a terrible situation, but you can’t resist a police officer,” he said on Sean Hannity’s show. The president repeated a claim made by Rolfe’s defense attorney, saying that the officer believed he had seen a flash and heard a gunshot before firing on Brooks.

“I hope he gets a fair shake because police have not been treated fairly in our country,” Trump said. “But again, you can’t resist a police officer like that. And they ended up in a very terrible disagreement and look at the way it ended. Very bad. Very bad.”

“You can’t resist a police officer. If you have a disagreement, you have to take it up after the fact.” — Trump defends the Atlanta cop that shot and killed Rayshard Brooks pic.twitter.com/dbcJpWzdEr

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2020

The wheels of justice have moved strikingly fast in Atlanta over the last week. Just two days after Brooks’s death, video of the fatal encounter was released to the public and Atlanta’s mayor had already called for Rolfe to be fired. By the end of Sunday, Rolfe had been fired, Brosnan had been placed on administrative duty, and former police chief Erika Shields had resigned.

Less than a week after the incident, Rolfe and Brosnan were criminally charged.

The rapid pace comes as ongoing Black Lives Matter protests demand police reforms in the wake of George Floyd’s death, after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Although the quick action in Atlanta has been praised by civil rights advocates and hailed as a victory for activists, some in the police department have decried the quick process.

Bottoms said that morale in Atlanta’s police department was at a low, perhaps even more so than in other jurisdictions facing intense scrutiny and criticism during the last three weeks of protests.

“The thing that I’m most concerned about is how we repair the morale in our police department,” Bottoms said on CNN, “and how do we ensure our communities are safe as they interact with our police officers.”

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Atlanta police officer shoots a man dead at a fast-food drive-thru, authorities say – CNN

(CNN)An Atlanta police officer shot and killed a man at a Wendy’s drive-thru Friday night after he resisted arrest and struggled for an officer’s Taser, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

The GBI identified the slain man as Rayshard Brooks, 27, of Atlanta, who was African American.
Witnesses provided video to investigators, the GBI said on Twitter.
“The GBI is aware that there is video posted on social media captured by witnesses in this incident. We are reviewing the video & the early investigative information in this case. We’ll provide an update as soon as we can,” the tweet said.
Brooks’ killing comes amid global protests and discussion of racism and police use of force following the death of George Floyd last month in custody in Minneapolis. Atlanta has seen frequent protests, including some that turned violent.
Six Atlanta Police Department officers were facing charges of using excessive force during one, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced June 2. Two of the officers were fired by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Friday, officers responded to a call at 10:33 p.m. about a man sleeping in a parked vehicle in the drive-thru, causing other customers to drive around it, the GBI said in a statement.
Police gave Brooks a field sobriety test, which he failed, the GBI said. He resisted arrest and struggled with officers, the GBI said.
An officer drew his Taser and, witnesses said, the man grabbed it, the statement said. An officer then shot him.
Brooks was taken to a hospital, where he died, the statement said.
One officer was treated for an injury and released, the GBI said.
CNN has reached out to the APD, GBI and the mayor’s office but they have not responded.

‘I thought Atlanta was higher than that’

At the Wendy’s in southeast Atlanta, Decatur Redd, who said he is a relative of Brooks, spoke with reporters and a crowd of people.
“I don’t know how to do this because I never knew that I was going to have to do this,” Redd said. “I’ve watched this on the internet, from the whole George Floyd situation to us coming together like we’re doing and this whole thing landed on my doorstep with my little cousin.
“I thought Atlanta was higher than that. I thought Atlanta was bigger than that,” Redd said.
“We’ve been watching this happen for so many years, with young black boys around the country just dying in vain,” Redd said. “I just don’t want that to continue and keep happening like that.”
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams commented on Twitter.
“The killing of #RayshardBrooks in Atlanta last night demands we severely restrict the use of deadly force. Yes, investigations must be called for — but so too should accountability,” Abrams wrote. “Sleeping in a drive-thru must not end in death.”
The Georgia NAACP said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields should be fired immediately.
“The City of Atlanta must not only address this with their words, but also their actions,” said President James Woodall in a media call.

District Attorney investigating

The GBI is investigating at the request of the APD, the statement said. Once completed, the case will be turned over to prosecutors for review.
Howard, the district attorney, issued a statement Friday afternoon.
“My office has already launched an intense, independent investigation of the incident,” Howard said. “Members of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office were on scene shortly after the shooting, and we have been in investigative sessions ever since to identify all of the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.”
CNN affiliate WSB reports this is the 48th police shooting the GBI has investigated in 2020.


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Atlanta protests damage College Football Hall of Fame – 11Alive.com WXIA

Many businesses in downtown Atlanta were targeted.

ATLANTA —

The College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta was damaged after protesting turned violent Friday.  

The building is on Marietta Street near Centennial Olympic Park where protests for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery began earlier in the evening.  

11Alive’s journalists on the ground saw the building’s front lobby had been broken into and raided. There were broken glass and display cases inside and outside of the building. The hall of fame is just one building damaged Friday. 

Since the damage, a spokesperson for the College Football Hall of Fame has released a statement that reads:

“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the friends and family of George Floyd. We support the peaceful protests that honor his memory but unfortunately, they deteriorated into chaos and disorder. We are heartbroken to see the damage to our city and the Hall of Fame. As our Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said… We are better than this, better than this as a city, and better than this as a country. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll work to pick up the pieces, to build back the sacred walls that housed memories and honored those who played the game many of whom fought these same injustices throughout their storied careers.”

The Atlanta Police Department said they’re working to disperse the crowd and restore order. The McCormick and Schmitz restaurant and the CNN Center both sustained damageAtlanta Police said people are both destroying and threatening officers. Video from the protests also show vehicle fires. 

“Officers continue to endure nearly constant assault, including protestors shooting BB guns at them, throwing bricks, bottles, rocks and knives at them as they continue their efforts to protect property and lives. At the moment, at least three officers have been injured in the confrontation,” Public Information Officer Carlos Campos said. 

He also said there have been several arrests. 

Protesters seek justice for death of George Floyd in Atlanta – May 29, 2020

Throughout the protest that moved from the park to the state capitol and back, most of the demonstrators were restrained. However, at around 5:00 p.m., some gathered around the CNN Center that is located next to the park and began engaging with officers. Video from SkyTracker11 showed bottles and other items being thrown at officers. The large CNN logo outside the building was climbed on and spray painted. Then, those same cameras saw spray paint on the building. Windows on the building were also broken. 

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Atlanta mayor condemns violent protests in fiery speech: ‘If you love this city go home’ | TheHill – The Hill

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms condemned violent protests over the death of George Floyd that erupted in her city on Friday, saying in a fiery speech “this is not a protest … this is chaos.”

“This is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos. A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated we didn’t do this to our city. So if you love this city, this city that has had a legacy of black mayors and black police chiefs and people who care about this city where more than 50 percent of the business owners in metro Atlanta are minority business owners, if you care about this city then go home.”

“We are better than this. We are better than this as a city. We are better than this as a country,” she said. “You’re throwing knives at our police officers. You are burning cars. You have defaced the CNN building.”

“You are disgracing this city. You are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country. We are better than this. We are better than this is a city and we are better than this as a country,” Bottoms said.

“This is not the legacy of civil rights in America. This is chaos and we’re buying into it. This won’t change anything.”

The protest in Atlanta was one of many protests across the country sparked after Floyd’s death, including three consecutive nights of demonstrations in Minneapolis that saw looting and the burning down of a police precinct.

Floyd died Monday during a police arrest, with video showing a Minneapolis police officer pinning Floyd to the ground with a knee to his neck. Floyd could be heard saying “I can’t breathe,” before he eventually lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital 90 minutes later. 

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