Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is calling call for citizens to stop “shooting each other up on our streets”. She said this on Sunday after an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed on the Fourth of July. This occurred near Wendy’s fast food joint; which has become a flashpoint of anti-police Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the city.
The Atlanta Mayor, who is considered a potential running mate for Joe Biden, made the remarks as she fought through tears. She said; “Enough is enough. We have talked about this movement that’s happening across America and this moment in time when we have the ears and the interests of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change. But the difference in this moment in time with the civil rights movement — in the civil rights movement, there was a defined, common enemy. We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up on our streets.”
“You shot and killed a baby. And there wasn’t just one shooter; there were at least two shooters. An 8-year-old baby. If you want people to take us seriously, and you don’t want us to lose this movement, then we can’t lose each other. You can’t blame this on police officers. It’s about people who shot a baby in a car. We’re doing each other more harm than any officer on this force.” The Atlanta Mayor said at a press conference with the parents of the deceased in attendance.
The shooting happened near the Wendy’s restaurant where a black man, Rayshard Brooks, was killed by an Atlanta police officer on June 12. The fast-food outlet was later burned, and the area has since become a site for protesters. However, the Atlanta Mayor said authorities would no longer negotiate with protesters near the Wendy’s. “At the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended”; she said, announcing that the city will clear the area.
The Atlanta Mayor said there have been problems with protesters in the area putting up barriers to close off the street. She said she received a message that the barriers were back up less than an hour before she was informed that the 8-year-old girl had died. Last month, Fox News spoke to three armed men in the vicinity who said they would not let police enter. “The police aren’t allowed here because they’re not here to protect us,” one of the men said.
Secoriya Williamson, the father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, told reporters that his daughter was murdered after at least two people in a crowd of armed people opened fire on a car she was riding in with her mother. Authorities said the mother had attempted to drive through illegally placed barricades in the area when the vehicle came under fire Saturday night.
“They say, Black Lives Matter. You killed your own,” Williamson said. He continued; “They killed my baby because she crossed a barrier and made a U-turn? You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to anybody. Black Lives Matter? You killing your own. You killed an 8-year-old child. She ain’t did nothing to no one of y’all. She just wanted to get home to see her cousin. That’s all she wanted to do.”
The Police and Atlanta Mayor said they are seeking help from the public to identify those involved and released a wanted poster saying a person all dressed in black and another in a white T-shirt were being sought after.