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Government leaders, including President Donald Trump, posited last weekend that out-of-state agitators brought violence to protests across the nation over George Floyd and other deaths of black people at the hands of white police officers.

In Atlanta, police arrested 298 people over the weekend. GPB News is waiting for more information from police about all the folks arrested during protests, marches and violent riots, but we have a breakdown on the 82 people processed through the Fulton Couny jail over the weekend.

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Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced Friday all police vehicles will no longer chase suspects in the city.

"We've had a restrictive pursuit policy for many years," Shields said Friday.

She went on to say the risk/reward of pursuing suspects in vehicles is not worthwhile and, as chief, Shields would rather err on the side of safety.

"I feel we need to step back and make the policy more restrictive," she said. "By that I mean allowing but for a select number of highly trained individuals to chase at all."

The list of officer-involved deaths is long, and have revived questions about law enforcement reform.  On Second Thought spoke with Civil Rights Attorney, Chris Stewart, and former DeKalb County Director of Public Safety, Cedric Alexander, to discuss why these incidents continue to take place and what efforts are being take to reform the system.

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In March, hackers attacked Atlanta’s computer network. They held data hostage for a $51,000 ransom, which the city didn’t pay.

The group SamSam was identified in the ransom note. It’s known for choosing targets with weak security and high incentives to regain control of their information.

Courtesy of Amy Soeldner

For the first time, Atlanta has a police officer dedicated to cases of animal cruelty. The position was created in October. And the first cop to fill the post is Senior Patrol Officer Amy Soelder. She’s a 22 year veteran of the force, and joins us in the studio.

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A group of Georgia senators are working on a package of bills designed to support law enforcement.

The Senate Public Safety Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to pass each of the four bills. The proposals now move to the Senate Rules Committee.

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Crime has frequently been an issue for the Atlanta University Center, but the completion of a $700,000 security system is aiming to decrease the area’s crime rate. On Tuesday, Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta University Center Consortium announced that 35 new cameras and five license plate readers have been installed throughout the AUC.

Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine each contributed $100,000 to the initiative. The City of Atlanta contributed $300,000.

Mayor Reed Appoints New Atlanta Police Chief

Dec 1, 2016

Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Erika Shields can add a new title to her resume: Atlanta Police Chief. On Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference at City Hall to announce the upcoming change in leadership. Alongside him were current Atlanta Police Chief George Turner and Shields.