(PatriotHeadline.com)- Protestors in Atlanta are being forced to “clear out” of a Wendy’s after an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed.
People have been occupying the Wendy’s since June 12, when Rayshard Brooks, a black man, was shot and killed by police officers. After Following Brooks’ death, three people set fire to the Wendy’s — and three suspects have been arrested in connection with that.
Since then, the Wendy’s has served as a quasi-occupation zone. It has been a place of memorial and protest ever since that day.
But now, after a particularly violent day in Atlanta, with more than 12 shootings across the city, the mayor is sick and tired of it all. At a news conference held Sunday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said:
“You shot and killed a baby. Enough is enough.”
That baby was 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, who was killed less than a half-mile from the Wendy’s. She was riding in a car with her mother and an adult friend on Saturday night, according to Rodney Bryant, Atlanta’s interim police chief.
When the driver was pulling into a liquor store parking lot, it was blocked from doing so by a group of people who were armed.
“At some point, someone in the group opened fire, striking the car multiple times,” Bryant said.
While police are investigating the incident, they haven’t identified any suspects at this time.
In recent weeks, protesters in the area had put up barriers that were illegal. At times, officials said these barriers were manned by armed people whose job it was to keep police out of the Wendy’s area. The city had attempted to remove the barriers, and just an hour before the shooting, authorities were notified that they were put back up.
Bottoms had allowed protesters to occupy the area in recent weeks as she was working on having discussions with them. But that all seems to be different now following this shooting. As Bottoms said:
“We’re doing each other more harm than any police officer on this force. We’ve had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks. You can’t blame that on APD.”
Secoriya Williamson, the father of the 8-year-old killed this weekend, slammed the protesters for their actions, saying:
“They say black lives matter. You killed your own. You killed your own this time just because of a barrier. They killed my baby because she crossed the barrier and made a U-turn.”
This is the second time in a week that cities are taking action against protesters who have taken up occupancy in protest against police brutality. Last week, Seattle cleared out the Capitol Hill Organized Protest area after it had turned from once peaceful protest to violent actions.
One of the people involved in the protests, who would only tell CNN their initials, J.R.P. said:
“The CHOP was really good for a week. The last two weeks, it’s been turned into a militant cult.”
Cities are seemingly allowing these protest zones to continue, as long as they don’t turn violent. And in the last week, two turned tragically violent, which led to their end.