Hours after a peaceful protest against police brutality filtered through downtown Atlanta and hours before the National Guard was deployed to curb a splinter group’s looting and vandalizing, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had one message: Go home.
“This is not a protest, this is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.,” she said, emotion filling her voice. “This is chaos. A protest has a purpose.”
As night fell on the city of Atlanta Friday, a smaller group of demonstrators remained in the area near CNN Center and agitation filled the air.