Erika Shields quits after killing of Rayshard Brooks, 27Trump gives address amid tensions with military leadersHas Trump been left behind by America’s awakening on racism?Black candidates and political groups see a surge of supportUK protests: BLM counter-demonstrators clash with London policeSign up to our First Thing newsletter 12.25am BST Former Atlanta police chief Erika Shields, who has resigned in the wake of Friday night’s fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, has issued a statement:For more than two decades, I have served alongside some of the finest men and women in the Atlanta Police Department. Out of a deep and abiding love for this City and this department, I offered to step aside as police chief. APD has my full support, and Mayor Bottoms has my support on the future direction of this department. I have faith in the Mayor, and it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. 12.08am BST Several hundred protesters gathered at West 135th street and St Nicholas Avenue in Harlem this afternoon in what was advertised as a march to demand New York City mayor Bill de Blasio reinstate habeas corpus: the right of a detainee to be seen by a judge within 24 hours to determine whether the arrest was lawful. This constitutional right was controversially suspended by a state supreme court judge last week amid mass arrests during protests against police brutality. Continue reading...
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South Fulton Judge and former Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Fani Willis defeated her former boss,...South Fulton Judge and former Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Fani Willis defeated her former boss, incumbent DA Paul Howard, in an August 11 runoff. Howard has come under scrutiny for a number of ethics violations and other controversies associated with his time in office, jeopardizing his reelection bid. Willis previously worked under Howard as a Deputy DA for the Complex Trial Division, and has now unseated Howard to become the next district attorney of Georgia's most populous county. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The stakes: Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Paul Howard lost re-election to South Fulton Judge and former Deputy District Attorney Fani Willis (first name pronounced Faw-nee), who worked under Howard in the office for several years. Howard was first elected as the top prosecutor for Georgia's most populous county, which includes the city of Atlanta, in 1996, and as Decision Desk HQ noted, has never faced much serious opposition throughout his tenure. But now, Howard has come under serious scrutiny for a number of ethics violations and other controversies associated with his time in office. He's faced multiple accusations of workplace harassment, with one former employee recently filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Howard in April 2020, and another female former employee filing a sexual harassment complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Howard has recently admitted to 14 violations of state ethics regulations and agreed to pay a $6,500 fine to the state for failing to properly disclose income from his roles leading two nonprofits. He's also under a yet-unresolved criminal probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating whether he personally, through a nonprofit he was CEO of, pocketed $195,000 of a $250,000 grant given to the DA's office from the City of Atlanta. Howard has denied wrongdoing. Willis first joined the Fulton County's District Attorney's office in 2001, according to her campaign website, and worked with the Major Case and Cold Case Divisions for eight years before being promoted to Deputy DA for the Complex Trial Divisions. There, she worked under Howard on a number of prominent cases before leaving the office for private practice in 2018 and then being appointed as the Pro Tem Chief Municipal Court Judge for South Fulton. She's now arguing that the DA's office needs new leadership. In a major upset, Willis was the top vote-getter in the three-way June 9 Fulton County DA Democratic primary, earning 42% of the vote compared to just 35% for Howard and 22% for Christian Wise Smith. If no one candidate earns over 50% in an election in Georgia, the election goes to a runoff between the top-two voter getters. Shortly after the primary election, a Black man named Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by Atlanta police in a Wendy's parking lot. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned after Brooks' death, which took place in the middle of nation-wide protests spurred by the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota Howard quickly announced that his office would charge officer Garret Rolfe with felony murder, aggravated assault, property damage, and a violation of his oath, and would charge officer Devin Brosnan with aggravated assault and violation of his oath. Rolfe is currently out on bond and has sued the city of Atlanta over his firing. The relatively quick announcement of the prosecution raised eyebrows, given the timing of the upcoming runoff and Howard's record of not quickly prosecuting other officers accused of similar crimes. Willis has lambasted Howard for immediately rushing to charge the officers involved without a more comprehensive investigation first, arguing that the prosecution was politically motivated by his impending runoff election and unlikely to succeed. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
The death of an 8-year-girl near a Wendy's fast-food restaurant that was taken over by protesters...The death of an 8-year-girl near a Wendy's fast-food restaurant that was taken over by protesters after the shooting of Rayshard Brooks has left this city, already bruised after weeks of protests against racial inequality, grappling with how to bring about lasting, meaningful change.
Georgia's governor is deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops after deadly shootings in Atlanta over a violent Fourth of July weekend
The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency and authorized the deployment of up...The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency and authorized the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard members to Atlanta in an executive order Monday. The move follows a weekend of violence that saw more than 30 people shot, five of whom were killed. One of the deceased was an eight-year-old girl. The Guard members will protect state buildings to free up police resources to patrol local communities. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and authorized the deployment on Monday after a violent weekend saw dozens of people shot and several killed. An executive order issued Monday also authorized the activation of up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings and help free up police resources to "allow state law enforcement personnel to increase patrols on roadways and throughout communities." More than 30 Georgians were shot over the Fourth of July weekend, and five people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed. The young girl, Secoriea Turner, was shot and killed Saturday night near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed in a confrontation with police last month. Turner was in a car with her mother and her mother's friend when multiple shooters opened fire on the vehicle. Demonstrators have occupied the Wendy's since Brook's death, which has triggered several weeks of protests. "Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda," the Republican governor stated Monday. "Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead." "This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city," he said. "Enough with the tough talk." The move Monday follows a tweet the day before saying that he was ready to "take action" if local leaders could not get the situation under control, a message apparently meant for Atlanta's Democratic mayor. Kemp tweeted Sunday that "this recent trend of lawlessness is an outrage & unacceptable," adding that "while we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace & maintaining order, we won't hesitate to take action without them." Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms condemned the violence, saying Sunday night that "enough is enough" and stressing that the violence over the weekend was not at the hands of police but members of the community instead. "This random wild wild West shoot-'em-up because you can has gotta stop," she said. "It has to stop." The National Guard members deployed to Atlanta, according to a statement on the executive order, will be responsible for protecting the Georgia State Capitol, Governor's Mansion, and Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters. The latter was vandalized over the weekend. The Georgia governor previously deployed National Guard troops in late May in response to looting, rioting and property damage amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police over Memorial Day. Kemp's office said the latest order was in response to "weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction" in the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Monday that at least 93 people were shot in the city between May 31 and June 27, twice as many as the same period last year.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak