Are Police Protests Leading to an Increase in Crime?

Governing: A Wendy’s restaurant on University Avenue in Atlanta has become a flashpoint in the national debate over criminal justice. On June 12, Rayshard Brooks was killed there by a police officer during a scuffle, with the area then becoming became an encampment patrolled by armed protesters. On July 4, an 8-year-old girl named Secoriea Turner was shot and killed across the street in her mother’s car as the driver sought to avoid a roadblock.

“It has to stop,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declared after the girl’s killing. She ordered the area around Wendy’s cleared by police, but protesters were back marching at the site this past Saturday.

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