Officials say the longstanding and at times violent protests against Atlanta's planned police and firefighter training center are partially responsible for a nearly $20 million rise in costs connected with the project. Atlanta Deputy Chief Operating Officer has told City Council members on Wednesday that the 85-acre project is now expected to cost $109.65 million.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer LaChandra Burks told the finance committee that the frequency and intensity of the attacks in opposition to the training center – including a recent defacing of Manuel’s Tavern – have contributed to an increase in the estimated cost for the training center from $90 million to $109.6 million, according to a news release.
Atlanta's police chief has fired an officer who shocked a 62-year-old Black deacon with a stun gun during a dispute over a traffic ticket, leading to the man's death. Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said Tuesday that Officer Kiran Kimbrough didn't follow department procedures Aug. 10 when he didn't wait until a supervisor arrived to arrest Johnny Hollman Sr.
An autopsy has found that the death of a 62-year-old church deacon who was electrically shocked by an Atlanta police officer was a homicide. Johnny Hollman became unresponsive on Aug. 10 while being arrested after a minor car crash.
Officials from the City of Atlanta have refused to verify tens of thousands of signatures submitted by activists who have been trying for two years to stop the construction of a police and firefighter training center. The city clerk's office on Monday cited a recent court order that it said bars it from processing the paperwork.
Hundreds of canvassers have spread out across Atlanta in hopes of convincing more than 70,000 residents to sign onto a petition that activists believe is their best chance to halt the planned construction of a huge police and firefighter training center.
Atlanta City Council members Liliana Bakhtiari and Matt Westmoreland released the city’s first street-by-street heat vulnerability assessment, the most comprehensive report of its kind ever commissioned by a major U.S. city.
City Council voted to approve funding for the a police training center in Southeast Atlanta. Residents and local politicians reacted to the news this morning.
This is ongoing coverage of the Atlanta City Council’s vote on legislation to fund the public safety training center, also known as 'Cop City.'
Protesters outside City Hall demanded the council allow more people to sign up for public comment. Over 300 people registered to speak but hundreds more were turned away at the door when the building reached capacity.
The Atlanta City Council is meeting at this hour to hear public comment and then vote on $31 million for the controversial public training center known to opponents as “Cop City.”
A judge has granted bond for three activists involved in supporting the protest against a planned police and fire training center in Atlanta that opponents have derisively dubbed "Cop City."
Police have arrested three key organizers supporting people protesting Atlanta's proposed police and fire training center, which opponents call "Cop City." The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says its agents and Atlanta police on Wednesday arrested three officers of the group that runs the Atlanta Solidarity Fund.
Atlanta’s controversial police training center is a step closer to becoming a reality, but some council members are pushing for additional plans.
Hundreds of residents showed up at an Atlanta City Council meeting Monday to voice their opposition to a plan to allocate $30 million to build a police training center that protesters call "Cop City."