The unanswered question for Atlanta Police chief George Turner: When will the protests end?
As hundreds of demonstrators gathered Sunday for a fourth consecutive night in downtown Atlanta, Turner worried about the impact relentless heat and stress is having on his officers as they work 12 hour shifts trying to keep safe the public and the protesters.
“They’ve been in the heat so long we don’t want them to lose their cool,” he said.
“Those are some unlovable little brats out there some times,” Andrew Young told Atlanta police officers in a pep talk. “Don’t let anybody get you upset.”
The former Atlanta mayor, a leader on the frontlines of the 1960s battle for civil rights, said that today’s protesters have gathered “not even with a clear message.”
“These kids are able to show off with no consequences. I just hope they get tired of it,” Young said Sunday. He worried that they will hurt Atlanta’s economic gains and “mess up the climate we have taken 50 years to build.”