During a seemingly peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Atlanta Friday night, where thousands of activists are gathered near the CNN Center, one sign drew the ire of several protesters.
When a large gaggle of activists saw the sign, which reportedly advocated violence against police, they began protesting the individual holding it. Protesters could be heard chanting, "Peace, not violence," while flashing a peace sign in the direction of the inflammatory poster.
Protestors chanting Peace not Violence in response to sign advocating violence against police @11AliveNews https://t.co/4jlWJ2JQeW— Ryan Kruger (@Ryan Kruger) 1468019369.0
Philip Holloway, a CNN contributor, took to Twitter to show the scene outside the news outlet's Georgia headquarters. He said the demonstrations were "so far peaceful," adding that the network's "security folks are real professionals."
Current scene outside @CNN Center in Atlanta - so far peaceful. The #CNN security folks are real professionals. https://t.co/ynEq7PesnK— Philip Holloway ⚖️✈️ (@Philip Holloway ⚖️✈️) 1468018913.0
Earlier in the day, city officials said they expect more protests to take place over the next several days in the wake of the deadly Dallas police ambush that left five officers dead and 12 others wounded.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner indicated that the city was prepared for the demonstrations and ready to protect those involved.
"The men and women that are represented here — we're here to protect and serve the citizens of Atlanta," he said during a press conference. "We have an aggressive plan. We've moved to do some things differently than in the past. We're confident that we have a good plan in place."
The Atlanta mayor shared a message for young people, who are so often active participants in the Black Lives Matter protests, reminding them that social media can either help or hurt the situation. In addition, he implored protesters to reject violence.
"I'm a black man too," Mayor Kasim Reed said. "I know what it is to be a black man, but that doesn't mean you take your frustrations out by harming other people.
"It does mean it's fine to make a demand for fairness and equal treatment of black citizens," he continued, "who are being disproportionately impacted in a particular manner that relates to the likelihood of a black person dying in an interaction with law enforcement."
Reed said that SWAT vehicles and long guns are readily available to the police, but announced that they would not be wearing tactical gear during the Friday protests.
Georgia State Patrol vehicles, however, could be seen blocking protesters from getting onto the interstate.
There have so far been no reports of violence. At the moment, protesters and law enforcement officials are simply standing toe-to-toe, facing one another. Earlier in the day, the mayor indicated that any protesters who make their way onto the interstate will be arrested.
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