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From a Press Release:

After having a fairytale wedding, newlyweds Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins (recording artist, entrepreneur & philanthropist) & Jeannie Mai-Jenkins (Emmy Award winning co-host of The Real) partnered with The Tony Robbins Foundation alongside Jeezy's Street Dreamz Foundation to gift over 500 bicycles to children and young adults in Atlanta.

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Taking place at the historic Clark Atlanta University, the giveaway was preceded by a rally which included motivational speeches from Jeezy as well as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms (pictured right with Jeannie and Jeezy).

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Giving back to the community that raised Jeezy has always been a priority to him and the choice to give away bicycles was a personal one. "The only time I felt free was when I was in motion. That’s your chance to see where you want to go in life because if you stay still, that’s where you'll stay." Jeezy continues "If you’ve got a vision you can achieve it, just like you can ride from one street to the next, you can do that with life, too!"

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In addition to Keisha Lance-Bottoms, the community giveaway was also attended by President of CAU Dr. George French, Hank Stewart, Senator Tonya Anderson, Bernice King, Karyn Greer, Xernona Clayton, City Councilmen Andre Dickens, Ambassador Andrew Young and more.

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Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expressed outrage following a shooting spree at three Asian massage parlors that left 8 people dead, including six Asian women, and 1 wounded on Tuesday.

"A motive is still not clear, but a crime against any community is a crime against us all," she said in a statement obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I have remained in close contact with the White House and APD as they work with federal, state and local partners to investigate the suspect who is responsible for this senseless violence in our city."

She also thanked law enforcement for capturing the suspect swiftly.

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Police say Woodstock resident Robert Aaron Long, 21, went on a shooting rampage beginning at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Acworth, northwest of Atlanta, where he shot five people, killing four at Young's Asian Massage Parlor.

He then drove 30 minutes to Atlanta, where he killed four people at two massage parlors on busy Piedmont Road near the intersection with Cheshire Bridge Road.

The deceased victims are six Asian women, a white woman and a white man. A Hispanic man survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Long was captured about 3 hours later in Crisp County, Georgia, when a Georgia State Trooper spotted his SUV and performed a PIT maneuver, causing his vehicle to spin out on I-75, about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

He was taken into custody without incident and charged with multiple counts of murder.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expressed concerns about the NBA All-Star game coming to Atlanta.

The 2021 All-Star game is scheduled to take place on March 7 in Atlanta. But Mayor Bottoms has concerns about out-of-towners coming to a city already struggling with high crime.

Atlanta was wide open when other Democratic cities were locked down tight during the Covid-19 outbreak.

While other cities shut down businesses and nightclub venues, clubs in Atlanta are packed with maskless patrons every night.

Atlanta is battling a violent crime wave that shows no sign of slowing down. Out-of-towners are responsible for the spike in crime.

"I'm open to suggestions," Bottoms said after a 7-year-old girl was shot outside an upscale shopping mall in affluent Buckhead.

A woman was shot in a movie theater after she shushed two patrons in January. Camryn King, 20, and Yvonne Crawford, 22, were arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday, Feb. 17. They will be extradited from Indiana to face trial.

The victim, who had been shot in the shoulder, was treated for non life-threatening injuries and released from a hospital.

Mayor Bottoms is concerned that the All-Star game will attract even more criminals to her besieged city.

"Under normal circumstances, we'd be grateful for the opportunity to host the NBA All-Star game, but this isn’t a typical year," Mayor Bottoms tweeted. "I have shared my concerns related to public health and safety with the NBA and Atlanta Hawks. We are in agreement that this is a made-for-TV event only, and people should not travel to Atlanta to party."

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Atlanta's mayor reacted to the news that two officers who tased students during last summer's protests were unjustly terminated.

On Monday, the city's Civil Service Board ruled the dismissals of officers Ivory Streeter (pictured right) and Mark Gardner (not pictured) violated both Atlanta Police Department and city policies, according to 11 Alive News.

"Based upon the serious concerns of insufficient adherence to City code and procedures which culminated into a lack of due process, the Board upholds the Appeal of Ivory Streeter and revokes the City's dismissal of him from APD employment," the review from the board said. It reached the same decision in Gardner's appeal case.

Gardner and Streeter were fired following public uproar after they tased two students, Taniya Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who said they were simply driving away from the protests, when they asked police why one of their friends was arrested.

Police body cam video showed the officers tasing the students after dragging them from their car in May.

In a statement Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms defended the firing of the officers.

"While the Civil Service Board (CSB) has reversed the termination of the officers, given the unrest across our city and nation at the time, and the disturbing video footage before us, I still believe that the right decision was made," she said. "It is also important to note that the CSB did not say that the officers' conduct was lawful."

Meanwhile, attorney Mawuli Davis, who represents Messiah Young, said the family learned through the media that the officers' criminal case was sent from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office to the Georgia Attorney General's Office.

In a statement Tuesday, Davis said:

"The family... was stunned and saddened to learn through the media that two of the officers involved in the attack have been reinstated to the Atlanta Police Department. In two consecutive weeks, they have experienced the pain of the justice system continuing to fail them as victims of police brutality."

 

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Another shooting in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood has prompted a Buckhead group to push ahead with plans to secede from the city of Atlanta.

The fatal shooting of a man early Sunday is the latest incident in a violent crime wave in the prestigious community in northwest Atlanta.

Police say the man, age 40-50, was driving a Rolls-Royce on Piedmont Road near Sidney Marcus Boulevard when another vehicle pulled alongside and someone opened fire.

The driver, who was shot multiple times, lost control of the Rolls-Royce which slammed into a tree around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital that same day.

According to 11 Alive News, the crime spree has pushed one group to make Buckhead its own city.

The Buckhead Exploratory Committee is described as a "diverse group of individuals exploring the idea of Buckhead Cityhood."

In a statement, Sam Lenaeus, CEO of Buckhead Exploratory Committee, said making Buckhead its own city is a "top priority".

But Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said establishing a new city is not the answer to the crime wave.

"A number of issues that we've had in the City of Atlanta... come from people traveling from out of state," she said. "So establishing a city is not going to address that issue.

Bottoms has come under fire for not doing enough to curb the high crime in Atlanta that spiked after the short-lived Covid-19 lockdowns in March.

Out-of-towners traveling to Atlanta from locked down Democratic cities contributed to the rise of violent crime in Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs.
 

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A Georgia man was captured in Florida and charged with the murder of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in a Lamar County cemetery on Sunday.

According to Crime Online, authorities tracked 23-year-old Jaylan Jashad Ray to Tallahassee, Florida where he was arrested on Wednesday, and is awaiting extradition back to Georgia.

Lamar County officials says D'Shaunti Kyanni Hunter was shot at least once in the head. Her body was found in a cemetery across the road from Unionville Church in Barnesville, about 50 miles south of Atlanta.

Hunter's body was found on Sunday afternoon, about 40 miles from her home in Ellenwood, Georgia.

Family members were distraught over the news of her murder. "This is crushing us," Hunter's aunt, Jazmine Johnson, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday. "They stole from us. This is wrong. This is way more than wrong."

Ray is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is being held without bond in a Tallahassee Jail.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told the AJC, "I am deeply concerned about the spike that we are seeing in our homicides."

Bottoms recently unveiled a plan to combat violent crime in her city.

"The spike in violent crime in Atlanta and across the country must be addressed by both immediate and long-term actions," Bottoms said in a news release. "The One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan will address crime, and also the systemic issues that lead to violence."

Atlanta's crime wave has earned the city a nickname, "Chiraq South."

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declined an invite to attend today's City Council meeting to address Atlanta's violent crime.

Police are searching for a gunman who fired into a crowd outside a crowded Buckhead lounge early Sunday. A woman and two males were wounded during the shooting and transported to local hospitals.

"Recent events throughout the city have generated a steady stream of public discussion regarding the role and effectiveness of leadership in Atlanta," Council President Felicia Moore wrote in a letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It could be helpful to the Council and the public to receive updates relative to the implementation status of any resulting recommendations associated with these initiatives."

Bottoms responded to Moore's letter on New Year's Day, saying her administration will continue to update the City Council on the specific steps being taken to address the city's violent crime.

"I will continue to engage the public and City Council on the important matters of public safety," Bottoms wrote, while politely declining the invitation. "As always, my staff will be available during your City Council conference call meeting."

Bottoms also encouraged Moore and the City Council to conduct their meetings via Zoom, or similar platforms.

Moore's letter comes after 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie died days after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her aunt and mother near Phipps Plaza in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood.

The child's shooting death fueled calls for a private police force to patrol Buckhead. City Council members have pledged to donate money toward the private force.

Kennedy's killer, 24-year-old Daquan Reed, is still at large.

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Atlanta police have identified a suspect wanted in the shooting death of 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie near Phipps Plaza.

Atlanta police Lt. Pete Malecki named 24-year-old Dequan Reed as a suspect in Kennedy's murder in a press conference on Tuesday. He is wanted on several charges including felony murder.

"We have identified him and we will continue to work diligently to bring him to justice in the city of Atlanta," Malecki said.

Kennedy died Saturday after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mother and aunt near Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is under fire for the crime spree that gripped Atlanta during the Covid-19 outbreak this year.

"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy," Bottoms said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death."

A GofundMe page raised over $60,000. A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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A 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head in the Buckhead of northwest Atlanta has died.

Kennedy Maxie was a passenger in a Lexus with her mother and aunt when she was shot in the back of the head near Phipps Plaza. Kennedy died on Saturday after undergoing emergency surgery.

The child's aunt said she heard gunfire as she drove past Phipps Plaza on Monday, December 21. She drove on until she realized Kennedy had been struck and rushed her to Children's Healthcare at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Police say a fight between two groups of men broke out in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. Kennedy was shot by a stray bullet fired by one of the men.

Atlanta police have investigated 150 shootings in Atlanta this year. At least 8 shootings have occurred at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza since December 2019. Both malls are owned by Simon Properties, which promised to install metal detectors at Lenox Square mall entrances.

Phipps, located across the street from Lenox Square, is considered the more upscale property. No new security plan was announced for Phipps.

Investigators are working on "significant leads" from the public, said Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy. While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant, and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death."

A GofundMe page raised over $50,000 for the girl's family.

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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Shocking video shows a brutal assault on a woman in a shopping center in upscale Buckhead, a suburb north of Atlanta.

The video, originally published by @atlscoop on Instagram, shows a person attempting to snatch a woman's purse after knocking her to the ground.

The incident occurred on Dec. 13 outside the Old Navy Store in the Buckhead Station shopping center across the street from Lenox Square Mall, where there have been at least seven shootings in the past year.

The person approached the woman, knocked her to the ground and tried to snatch her purse. But she held onto her purse with a tight grip as the person dragged her across the parking lot.

Several bystanders rushed over to assist the woman, as the thief rifled through her purse before fleeing the scene on foot.

Comments under the video ripped Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the escalating crime spree that has rocked Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs.

One IG user wrote: "Talk to Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta crime is out of control!!!"

Another user wrote: "Thanks to our cop hating race bating Mayor of Atlanta for allowing our city to turn to sh*t. Come back from your other home in Martha’s Vineyard and fix our city now."

And a third wrote: "Actor Josh Groban had his car broken into there in broad daylight!?"

Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore suggested the seven shootings at Lenox Mall were committed by opportunistic criminals who migrated to Atlanta from locked down states because the Peach city is wide open during the Corona outbreak.

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