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GBI releases analysis of Atlanta protest arrests

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Fulton County, GA (June 4, 2020) – The Georgia Information and Analysis Sharing Center (GISAC) has conducted a preliminary analysis of arrests related to protest events in Atlanta from May 29th – June 1st.   

 

Preliminary analysis has revealed the following:

 

·      Residency: Of the more than 370 arrests examined in Atlanta/Fulton County, 57 subjects

were from out-of-state, five subjects were homeless, and the majority (294) were

Georgia residents. Some subjects are still being affirmatively identified and may have

provided false information upon arrest. 

 

·      Criminal History: While most subjects did not have any prior criminal history, there

were multiple (more than 30) instances where an arrested subject had a significant

criminal history including charges that could be consistent with prior involvement in

violent civil unrest.

 

The most common criminal history charges included:

 Willful obstruction

 Terroristic threats and acts

 False name/DOB to LEO

 Aggravated assault

 

Multiple subjects had active warrants at the time of their arrest.

 

·      Age: The average age of arrested subjects was 24. The youngest age arrested was 17

and the oldest was 69.

 

·      Considerations

·     This is preliminary analysis based off the arrest data we have to date (does not include 6/2/20 arrests any arrests after that) and these numbers will change as APD/other LE submit arrest logs to GBI-GISAC.

 

Multiple instances of subjects with history of willful obstruction/assault charges suggest prior involvement in similar protests/riots.

 

·     A 34 y/o male from Minnesota was arrested in Atlanta and analysts are

working to confirm his involvement in the Minneapolis riots prior to his

travel to GA.

 

·     A Florida resident had multiple obstruction/trespassing/assault charges out of

Missouri near the time of the Ferguson civil unrest. This subject was arrested in

Atlanta and live-streamed his post-arrest detainment to social media while

handcuffed with APD. He was also a convicted felon.

 

·     10 or more subjects were bonded out by one out of state individual - suggesting

coordination and outside influence. 

 

·      GBI-GISAC is coordinating with federal law enforcement as well as multiple states

across the region to deconflict arrest data and link associations for individuals who

traveled to multiple states for violent engagement.

 

·      States of Residency for Arrested Subjects:

 

Alabama, Missouri, Minnesota, Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and South Carolina  

 

"Boogaloo" extremist group identified at Athens protest

 

By Beau Evans

Staff Writer

Capitol Beat News Service

 

Supporters of the extremist “Boogaloo” movement were present at a protest Sunday in Athens amid ongoing demonstrations throughout Georgia against police brutality and racial injustice, according to Athens authorities.

  State authorities warned Tuesday extremist groups and out-of-state agitators have infiltrated crowds during protests from Atlanta to Savannah since last Friday that at times devolved into scenes of property damage and confrontations with police, who in turn have fired tear gas cannisters and made hundreds of arrests.

  Boogaloo supporters mark the first extremist group to be publicly identified by law enforcement officials in Georgia after days of intense protesting, including on Sunday night in Athens during which 32 people were arrested.

  Their presence was noted in a memo sent by Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Cleveland Spruill, who called the Boogaloo movement an “extremist organization” that aims in part “to instigate race wars across America.”

Read more: "Boogaloo" extremist group identified at Athens protest

County parks reopening

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        The Board of Commissioners working in consultation with PCRD staff and their advisory board will reopen PCRD operations to the public in stages. These efforts serve as a balance between ensuring safety and offering necessary services. The multiphase reopening will include the following:

•Roper Park remains open (activities must meet health guidelines).

•Summer Camp beginning June 1st (strict health guidelines in place and limited to 40 kids).

•The community center will open to the public beginning June 3rd. This will allow PCRD staff two days to start Summer Camp under new health guidelines before opening the building to the public. Once open the community center will operate on modified hours (M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m). These modified hours will allow staff time to properly clean and sanitize the facility. There will be health guidelines in place including that participants must bring their own equipment.

Read more: County parks reopening

Absentee ballots could slow election results

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The final week of early voting for the primary election is nearly over, with the last day to cast an early ballot Friday, June 5. Election day is the following Tuesday, June 9, but the hefty amount of absentee ballots could cause a delay to final counts. 

The Pickens Elections & Registration Office issued 5,123 absentee ballots for this primary election, which includes the presidential primary and several state and local races. This is significantly more absentee ballots than the election supervisor has ever issued in the past, which was at most 500 prior to this election. 

Read more: Absentee ballots could slow election  results

Get your books curbside and contact-free

Library’s virtual service demands skyrocket during pandemic

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo

Pickens Library Branch Manager Emma Ingle, wearing a custom Sequoyah Regional Library System face mask, gets book orders ready for pickup through their new contactless “Sidewalk Service.”

 

It couldn’t be called a stream of people by any stretch, but during the brief window I was at the Pickens County Library last week, two people picked up books curbside and two others returned books they had likely had since branches closed in March. 

The building itself is still closed to patrons, but the local library and all branches in the Sequoyah Regional Library System have started to offer services as part of their phased reopening. Book checkouts are now being performed through a contact-free sidewalk service, and book returns are all done through the drop box. 

Read more: Get your books curbside and contact-free