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You would never know there was a worldwide coronavirus pandemic if you're in Atlanta. It's business as usual at packed nightclubs and lounges in Atlanta.

Club promoters are making money hand over fist as Atlantans who are wary of being restricted to their homes go out for a night on the town.

All of my club promoter friends are doing brisk business at their establishments and venues. It's almost as if the coronavirus doesn't exist in the clubs in Atlanta.

No one wears face masks and social distancing is non-existent. It's actually good to see Black people enjoying themselves and socializing amongst their peers.
 

The CDC, Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates tried to strike fear into the hearts of people in the Black community, but so far, their fear tactics are not working.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms received glowing reviews for her efforts to contain the coronavirus in her city.

The mayor issued an executive order in June, mandating that people wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Brian Kemp, who refused to mandate face masks in the state, filed a federal lawsuit against Bottoms to prevent her from enforcing her mask mandate.

On Friday, the governor extended his order that explicitly bans local governments (including Keisha's) from enacting mask mandates.

Gov. Kemp believes adults should make their own decisions whether to wear PPE.

A hearing on the matter was delayed after two judges recused themselves from the case.

Calls to the mayor's office for comment were not returned on Friday.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is furious that President Trump didn't wear a face mask while visiting her city on Wednesday.

Trump, who wore a face mask for the first time while visiting Walter Reed military hospital in D.C. over the weekend, did not wear one during his visit to the UPS hub at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Earlier this month, Mayor Bottoms, who is not a medical doctor, signed an executive order requiring masks or face coverings in public spaces.

Bottoms, who wore face masks and practiced social distancing for months, also revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 and showed no symptoms.

Wearing a mask didn't protect the mayor or her husband from contracting the virus.

Speaking to MSNBC following Trump's visit on Wednesday, Mayor Bottoms said:

"Well, Donald Trump is actually violating the law as he stands on our tarmac without a mask. The city of Atlanta owns and operates Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest in the world and in Atlanta, our city controlled assets, we have a mandate that you should have on a mask. I am very glad to see that the others on the tarmac are following the law in Atlanta but it's not surprising to me that Donald Trump is once again breaking it."

Scientists are divided over the effectiveness of wearing non-surgical grade face masks or cloth coverings outside of a clinical setting.

Until May, experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, discouraged people from wearing masks because face masks may actually increase the likelihood of healthy people contracting the coronavirus.

This is because people who are not trained to wear face masks continuously touch their faces while pulling the masks on and off.

Research shows proper hand washing and not touching your face reduces the spread of virus.

A recent study of patients who tested positive for coronavirus shows the virus was not detected in droplets of people who were breathing normally or speaking.

The virus was barely detected in the saliva droplets of patients who coughed forcefully. The study proved that the virus is not spread by people who are asymptomatic (not coughing or sneezing).
 

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Atlanta police released video of a person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner on Saturday.

Video footage shows a Black male wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and dark jeans and carrying an AR-15 automatic rifle. The rifle is equipped with a tan bump stock and tan grip.

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"I'm confident that somebody knows the name of this man, and with a simple phone call an individual could earn a $20,000 reward being offered through Atlanta CrimeStoppers," Lieutenant Pete Malecki said on Tuesday.
 

Malecki said the suspect is one of three males wanted in connection with Secoriea's murder.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend on June 12 when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Southwest Atlanta.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoriea's killer on Sunday night.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."
 

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Governor Brian Kemp ordered 1,000 members of the National Guard to deploy to Atlanta, citing the mayor's failure "to quell ongoing violence with armed individuals threatening citizens".

Atlanta has seen over 75 shootings in the past few weeks.

Kemp, who is Republican, declared a state of emergency in Atlanta on Monday after 8-year-old Secoreia Turner was fatally shot while riding in a car with her mother and a friend near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month.

Mayor Bottoms was accused of ignoring the armed Black Lives Matter protesters guarding the burned out Wendy's where Brooks died.
 

In an emotional press conference on Monday, Mayor Bottoms blamed Black Lives Matter activists for the little girl's death.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

On ABC's Good Morning America, Mayor Bottoms was asked if she requested the National Guard to control the protests which turned violent.

"No. An irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no," she said. "But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.

"So, I understand if he wants to protect state buildings. We have been coordinating with the Georgia State Patrol -- which we do on any number of occasions... But at no time was it mentioned that anyone felt that there was the need for the National Guard to come in.”

On Monday afternoon Bottoms tweeted that she and her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. She said she had no symptoms.

Gov. Kemp does not plan to mandate mask-wearing in the state of Georgia.

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Despite wearing a face mask, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she has tested positive for COVID-19.

The mayor is pictured comforting Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks who was killed by police last month.

Bottoms tweeted her positive test result on Monday evening. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

She told reporters she didn't know how she contracted the virus. Mayor Bottoms has repeatedly urged Atlantans to wear face masks in public. She diligently wears a face mask and maintains social distancing.

It isn't clear if Mayor Bottoms will self-quarantine for 14 days.

She is among the 99 percentile of people with COVID-19 who show no symptoms or mild symptoms.

COVID-19 cases are up 134% nationwide but fatalities are down 34%.

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Chicago, NYC and Atlanta saw a rash of shootings over the holiday weekend. At least 74 Chicago residents were shot -- 17 fatally -- in one of the bloodiest 4th of July weekends in the city's history.

More than a dozen people were shot in Atlanta, including an 8-year-old girl who was killed by Black Lives Matter activists at the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks died last month.

8-year-old Secoriea Turner was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out shell of a Wendy's restaurant in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

Secoreia was shot when the driver of the car she was a passenger in made a u-turn to get around barricades set up by demonstrators to block the street, WSB-TV reported.

"At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help," police said in a statement.

Secoreia was pronounced dead at the hospital. She is the third Black child to die at the hands of BLM activists. Two Black teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were killed at an occupied zone in Seattle, Washington last month. Police have no suspects.

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoreia's killer on Sunday night, as angry residents called for her to resign.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

Mayor Bottoms said there were at least 2 shooters. "I am just asking you to please honor this baby's life," Bottoms said. "If you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us."

She said police will clear the occupied zone on University Avenue and protesters will be arrested if they resist.

"A the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended," Bottoms said on Sunday.

But residents say her actions are too little, too late. Atlanta has seen more than 75 shootings in the past 30 days.

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On Friday, July 3, Chicago Mayor detailed her crime prevention plans to prevent a third weekend of deadly shootings in her city.

"The best way to reduce violence is to prevent it from happening," CPD Supt. David Brown said Friday. "We will be targeting criminal networks that are the pipeline to violence in this city over this 4th of July weekend."

Lightfoot agreed with Brown's decision to sweep the children off the corners. Drug dealers routinely use children to sell their narcotics. But the ACLU criticized the mayor's plan to sweep the corners, saying the plan violated the children's rights.

"If any civil liberties group has a problem with people who are killing our people over drug spots, let's have a conversation because you need to have your attitude readjusted," Lightfoot said.

She told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that crime occurs in neighborhoods where people lose hope, lacking access to jobs, health care and education.

Lightfoot also attacked President Trump for criticizing her response to the crime spree, saying Trump shows no leadership, and has never called her to ask what he can do to help.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a brief press conference on Saturday to announce the termination of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black man on Friday night.

27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was sleeping in his car in the Wendy's drive-thru when the police woke him and attempted to arrest him for a DUI.

He was shot in the back after grabbing one officer's taser and attempting to flee.

Mayor Bottoms said the shooting was not a justifiable use of excessive force, and the officer who fired his service weapon was fired. A second officer at the scene was placed on administrative duty.

Mayor Bottoms also announced the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields (pictured). She said Shields "offered to immediately step down" to "rebuild the trust so desperately needed throughout our community."

Shields will be reassigned to another position within the city government, and a nationwide search is underway for her replacement.

"To the family of Mr. Brooks, there are no words strong enough to express how sincerely sorry I am for your loss," said Bottoms.

A crowd formed at the Wendy's parking lot and marched holding signs on Saturday. Many Atlantans took to social media to condemn the shooting.

The fatal shooting comes three weeks after George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer sparked protests and unrest across the country.

Update: Surveillance video shows Brooks on the ground struggling with two Atlanta PD officers. At some point, Brooks grabbed a taser from one of the cops and pointed it at him while fleeing.
 

 

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin shows anger and a lack of remorse in his mugshot released hours after he was arrested and charged in George Floyd's death.

Floyd, 46, died Monday after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes following his an arrest for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store.

Viral video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air and bystanders pleaded with him to stop.

Chauvin, 44, was charged Friday with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter on day 4 of rioting and looting in south Minneapolis.

The charges carry a sentence of no more than 25 years or a fine of no more than $40,000, or both.

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Despite Chauvin's arrest, violent protests spread to cities in California, New York, Maryland, and Georgia.

Rioters destroyed CNN's headquarters in downtown Atlanta, breaking glass, throwing bottles and setting a police car on fire outside the building.

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Police in riot gear clashed with rioters inside the CNN building as protesters destroyed the interior.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms angrily addressed the rioters at a press conference Friday night.

"You have defaced the CNN building. Ted Turner started CNN in Atlanta, 40 years ago because he believed in who we are as a city," she said. "If you care about this city, then go home!"

Protesters said the riots will continue until three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's murder are arrested.

Rapper and entrepreneur Killer Mike rebuked CNN for inciting riots with their news coverage.

"I love CNN — but karma's a mother... Stop feeding fear & anger everyday," he said.

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Former actress Maia Campbell was among 44 people arrested during a drag racing crackdown in Atlanta on Saturday.

Recently, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms promised to allow drag racing on a designated block in the city. The sport has exploded in popularity in recent years.

But police say drag racing has become a problem since the coronavirus pandemic. And the mayor walked back her promise to allow illegal street racing.

Police issued 114 citations and impounded 29 vehicles. Four firearms were seized, including a semi-automatic rifle.

Campbell, 43, is best known for starring as Tiffany alongside LL Cool J in the hit TV sitcom "In the House."

Campbell battled drug addictions over the years. She supported herself financially by selling her body on street corners.

LL Cool J tried to reach out to his former co-star after she went viral while hustling for change at a gas station in 2017. But she replied, "Don't call me, I'll call you."

"You can't help someone who doesn't want your help," LL wrote on Twitter.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reacted with disappointment to video and images showing crowds of people -- many without face masks -- celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Atlanta residents watched the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds perform an air show over Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, May 2.

In an interview on CNN's New Day, Mayor Bottoms said: "It was disappointing, and what was very clear was that people didn't get anything past the message that we were open up for business. They didn't get to the part that said that this is still a deadly virus and that you need to continue to socially distance and wear masks."

She added: "We're not out of the woods."

Bottoms and other Democrats say the state is reopening too soon.

The mayor warned that a "hotspot" in the northeastern part of the state is "rapidly" growing.

But her words fell on deaf ears.

Gov. Brian Kemp lifted Georgia's lockdown restriction on Friday, allowing clothing stores, hair salons and restaurants to reopen with strict guidelines in place.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Black businesses that reopened after Gov. Brian Kemp lifted restrictions last week.

The mother of four criticized Kemp for lifting restrictions too soon and she urged residents, particularly Black people, to stay indoors and avoid patronizing hair and nail salons.

The mayor lashed out at people who stood in line at Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta to buy a pair of Air Jordans at a Black-owned shoe store on Saturday.

On Monday, Bottoms tweeted:

"For those who crowded at Greenbriar awaiting the new Jordans, gathered at Piedmont Pk, shot fireworks at the Mall West End & even those now shopping at Lennox Square Mall, know that the only thing that’s changed about Covid-19 is your chance of catching."

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In an op-ed for Breitbart News, political commentator and writer Rob Smith questioned the motive behind Mayor Bottoms' fear mongering.

"Mayor Bottoms will tell you that coronavirus fears are behind her warnings, but Georgia’s COVID-19 numbers lag far behind the rest of the country in terms of infections and deaths," he wrote.

Smith compared Atlanta's Covid-19 deaths, about 1,250, to the death toll in New York state, over 19,000 deaths, and concluded that Mayor Bottoms is over exaggerating when she claims reopening Atlanta would be "deadly".

"Mayor Bottoms says that beginning the path to reopening Georgia is 'deadly.' Yet while it is true that African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, it is also true that the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus are among older Americans with pre-existing health conditions."

Smith suggests Mayor Bottoms is willing to sacrifice Black businesses to ensure the Democratic party's chances of winning in November.

He accused Bottoms of attacking the "African American voter base" with "misinformation and conspiracy theories," that are "counterproductive to keeping Atlanta's citizens healthy in every way, including economically."

"Telling a young and healthy small business owner to wait until his or her business is fully destroyed with no chance of coming back because the "science" says so is the kind of messaging that will continue to hurt American citizens of all colors. Moreover, business owners should be given the opportunity to make decisions about their own businesses."

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Joe Biden's team suggests that his choice for vice president won't be a Black woman. According to Politico.com, Biden's presidential campaign announced their VP selection committee on Thursday. The four-member committee is majority Caucasian.

The committee which is tasked with vetting Biden's VP choice includes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Biden's longtime friend and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, and former White House Senate counsel Cynthia Hogan.

The only Black person on the committee is Delaware congresswoman Lisa Blount Rochester. Biden says he hopes the vetting process will be completed by July.

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Rumors are running rampant that Biden has already made his choice: Hillary Clinton who enthusiastically endorsed him earlier this week.

Stacey Abrams, who initially stated she did not want the VP job, changed her mind after she heard Biden's announcement that he would choose a woman.

The failed gubernatorial candidate has been campaigning ever since for the VP pick -- even though political strategists frown upon any candidate campaigning for vice president.

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, who has advocated for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as VP, seems to have his doubts.

When asked by MSN if having a Black woman on the ticket is a must, Clyburn said. "I'm among those who feel that it would be great for him to select a woman of color. But that is not a must."

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was Tamron Hall's guest on Monday. The embattled mayor discussed her opposition to Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen some Georgia businesses.

Bottoms insisted the move to reopen the state was too soon.

Keisha confirmed reports that she convinced rap mogul 2 Chainz not to reopen his Atlanta restaurants for dine-in service.

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2 Chainz and his business partner, Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, had planned to reopen 2 Atlanta restaurants, Escobar and Escobar Southside, for dine-in service on Monday, April 27.

Bottoms acknowledged the rap mogul's concern for his laid off employees who still have bills to pay.

"I know that 2 Chainz and his wife Kesha have a loving heart for our community that really is unparalleled," Mayor Bottoms said. "So I know for them when he talks about laying off 80% of his employees, there are faces and there are families that go along with that. But I was so glad that he reached out to me and told me that he would not be opening because he is listening to reason and logic and what he is saying is that I am not going to risk putting my employees in harm’s way because we are opening up too soon. There will be a day when we’ll get back to business as usual and we will be able to go to restaurants and embrace each other again. We just aren’t there yet."

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According to EURweb.com, Atlanta movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry also plans to reopen his Tyler Perry Studios with safety protocols in place, such as screening his employees for fevers and allowing the cast and crew to live on-site until the end of production.

But Perry said he would not move forward with his plans to reopen his studios without Mayor Keisha's approval.
 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms angered residents who want the city reopened to stimulate the local economy.

The Mayor tweeted a text message from someone who called her a racial slur on Wednesday.

"With my daughter looking over my shoulder, I received this message on my phone."

The text message included the n-word and said, "just shut up and RE-OPEN ATLANTA."

The Mayor's supporters rushed to defend her. "I'm so sorry for this hatred and malevolence. But I'm grateful that your leadership is saving lives," one follower tweeted.

Bottoms defied Governor Brian Kemp who ordered some businesses in the state to reopen on Friday, April 24.

The governor's order will allow gyms, bowling alleys, hair salons and some other indoor facilities to resume operations by Friday if they comply with social distancing requirements.

Mayor Bottoms, who was caught off guard by Kemp's announcement, told MSNBC's "MTP Daily" on Tuesday that she is aware that her powers don't supersede Kemp's as governor.

"But I do have the power of my voice," the Democratic mayor said. "And I am using my voice to encourage people: Follow the data, look at the science, listen to the health care professionals and use your common sense."

Mayor Bottoms voiced her opposition to Gov. Kemp on numerous news programs including CNN, MSNBC, and radio shows.

During an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd, the Mayor criticized Kemp for reopening the state too soon.

Thanks to the Mayor's personal stylist, her hair was coiffed to perfection. But she had a message for less fortunate women who haven't seen the inside of a hair salon in over a month: "Stay home."

"We need to, as government leaders, step up and give people an incentive to stay home," Bottoms told Todd. "But there's nothing essential about going to a [hair salon] in the middle of a pandemic."

Kemp defended his decision to jumpstart the economy in Georgia and allow people to return to work.

"If people don't want to open the gym, they don't have to. But when you close somebody's business down and take their livelihoods ... I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt."
 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (right) defied Governor Brian Kemp by urging residents to stay home when the state is reopened on Friday, April 24.

The Republican Governor announced on Monday that the state would reopen for business after a month on lockdown to prevent the spread of the flu-like coronavirus.

The governor's order will allow gyms, bowling alleys, hair salons and some other indoor facilities to resume operations by Friday if they comply with social distancing requirements.

Mayor Bottoms, who was caught off guard by Kemp's announcement, told MSNBC's "MTP Daily" on Tuesday that she is aware that her powers don't supersede Kemp's as governor.

"But I do have the power of my voice," the Democratic mayor said. "And I am using my voice to encourage people: Follow the data, look at the science, listen to the health care professionals and use your common sense."

"Please stay home," Mayor Bottoms said. Her hair was laid and her makeup was flawless as she urged women to neglect their own hair and nails for the health and safety of others.

"Simply because we have hospital beds available, doesn't mean that we should work to fill them up," she said.

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Kemp's decision to reopen the state didn't make sense in an interview with MSNBC's Morning Joe.

"These jobs that are reopening, these businesses that are reopening, are going to force frontline workers back to work without having been tested, without having access to a healthcare system to help them if they are in need," Abrams said.

Democratic governors and mayors have been resistant to reopen their states. But some caved to pressure after angry residents took to the streets to protest the forced home detainment.

Protesters blocked traffic near state capitol buildings in Michigan, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Texas has already reopened, and Georgia plans to reopen on Friday - with or without Mayor Bottoms' blessings.