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Summer sadness

Crime | In a tense national moment, murders rise in U.S. cities, and Christians in the hard-hit neighborhoods lament
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/14/20, 11:45 am

In Atlanta on July 4, 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed across the street from where police officers shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in June, a police shooting that prompted protests and the resignation of the Atlanta police chief.  

“You killed your own this time,” said the girl’s father, Secoriya Williamson, at a news conference in Atlanta. “She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”

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Police release videos of California shooting

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/09/20, 05:14 pm

Police Chief Shawny Williams said one of his officers in Vallejo, Calif., mistakenly thought a 22-year-old African American man was reaching for a gun when the officer shot him. The city’s police department on Wednesday released body camera footage, security camera footage, and 911 audio of the June 2 incident that left Sean Monterrosa dead.

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State of emergency declared in Georgia

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/07/20, 04:29 pm

After a large group vandalized the headquarters of the Georgia Department of Public Safety in Atlanta on Sunday, breaking windows and attempting to start a fire, Gov. Brian Kemp is deploying the Georgia National Guard to protect government buildings. In response to a rise in violent crime, including shootings that left five dead and 25 wounded in the city over the weekend, including an 8-year-old girl, Kemp, a Republican, on Monday declared a weeklong state of emergency.

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