ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says a closed-door meeting with activists was productive and focused on ways to improve police and community relationships.
News media outlets reported that some activists refused to attend Monday’s meeting, including a group that helped organize large protests held earlier this month after police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Members of Atlanta Is Ready instead held a demonstration outside City Hall and read a list of demanded changes at the Atlanta Police Department.
Reed says the group’s list of demands was thoughtful but he doesn’t agree with everything they’ve requested. He also said there were good ideas and questions raised at the main meeting.
If protests resume in Atlanta, Reed says police will protect protesters’ right to speak out but also will enforce the law.