Will Atlanta become another Chicago?
Will the dehumanization of all police continues in our country, their absense is already being sorely missed in communities who need them the most.
Chicago is a case study in a failure of leadership and Atlanta may become an understudy if things don't change.
Local WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta is covering the shooting murder of an 8 year old girl by armed anarchists near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks riots took place:
An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed Saturday night in Atlanta near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks died last month.
Police identified the child Sunday as Secoriea Turner.
Officers said they responded to a 911 call near University Avenue and I-75/I-85 around 9:50 p.m. The location of the shooting was in a parking lot across the street from the now burned-out Wendy’s, which has been occupied by demonstrators since Brooks’ death at the hands of an Atlanta police officer.
Police said Turner was riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend when they exited the interstate at University Avenue. The driver tried to turn into the parking lot at 1238 Pryor Road when he was confronted by an “group of armed individuals” who had blocked the entrance.
“At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help,” police said in a statement.
Police said the 911 caller told them they were heading to Atlanta Medical Center with the victim. The child died at the hospital."
You'd be hard pressed to find the outrage of her father being reported, however.
Probably because it sours the already manipulated narrative being shown on television.
11Alive details the father, Secoriya Williamson's, reponse:
She then handed the microphone to Williamson who was standing by her side.
"They say Black lives matter," Williamson said in a hoarse voice. "You killed your own. You killed your own this time. Just because of a barrier. They killed my baby because she crossed a barrier and made a U-turn."
He said all she wanted to do that night was to get home to see her cousin.
"You killed a child," he added. "She didn't do nothing to nobody."
The mayor spoke of the sad irony of the crime, where it happened and the fact that Brooks had said he was going home to his daughter's eighth birthday.
At this point, Secoriea's mother broke down in tears and her family comes up to hug her and help her out of the room."
While Atlanta's mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, came short of outright denounciation of this anarchist movement unfolding across the country, she at least pointed out the hypocrisy of these people.
"We're fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets," the mayor said. "You shot and killed a baby. And it wasn't one shooter, there was at least two shooters," she said.
Bottoms said she wants people to have the same passion towards ending community violence that they have for police reform.
"We've had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks," Bottoms said. "You can't blame that on APD [Atlanta Police Department]."
Bottoms said during the press conference that there had been a number of protests in the area where Brooks was killed and challenges with demonstrators closing roads. Saturday night she said she was told that barriers had been put back up.
"An 8-year-old girl was killed last night because her mother was riding down the street," Bottoms said. "You don't want someone on the street who would shoot into a car randomly. If you know them, you should turn them in."
But here is a glimpse into the mentality which will perpetuate the madness being supported by politicians and citizens alike:
Defening the integrity of police in contrast to animals who would indiscriminately shoot up innocent people in a car is "whataboutism?"
The struggle in this country is shedding light on a dangerous, toxic logic which dictates guilt and innocence solely on the color of one's skin.
While I respect the mayor's pivot towards rationality and calling for an end to the armed occupation of parts of her city, let's see if she really does what needs to be done.
Let's see if she has the integrity to clear these armed thugs out of their nests, for the sake of their innocent victims and the dignity of those who would excercise their 1st Amendment rights peacefully.