Crowd pelts Atlanta cops with bricks, hammers

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:14 AM
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ATLANTA — Authorities say a group of residents threw bricks, rocks and hammers at Atlanta police cars amid anger over a recent arrest in their neighborhood east of downtown.

Police say the disturbance happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday along Hardee Street.

Police the residents were upset about what some consider excessive force used during an arrest by police the day before, which was captured by cell phone video. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campus tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officers used batons and pepper spray during Monday’s arrest.

Campos said about 50 people had gathered Tuesday to demonstrate and police units were sent to monitor them before the items were thrown at their cars. The cars were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 04/10/13 - 09:01 am
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Two wrongs.

If it is true that excessive force was used by the police; two wrongs still don't make a right. The crowd became a mob, with pack mentality, and their actions were brutish as well as illegal. They are no longer able to be self-righteous in their complaint.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/10/13 - 09:36 am
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As always!
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Atlanta is known as a white, Tea Party, senior citizen hub. Can't keep those old ( as I am ) white folk scruffies from rioting. If we could just be more civil, like say, Watts, Harlem, Detroit, Cleveland. Places where "good" black leadership maintains civility. As an aside, I'm sure y'all saw that you had been vilified for not giving, or allowing the hood in Augusta to steal, the food at the evicted Gurley's? aol and huffington post tried to make y'all into racists. Wonder if the naacp had anything to do with that?

mosovich
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mosovich 04/10/13 - 10:59 am
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Two words..

water cannon.. Works in Europe.. I agree though, two wrongs don't make a right.. Those people would have actually gotten somewhere by using the system for a complaint rather than damaging all the cars etc. Now they look like a bunch of mobsters..

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 04/10/13 - 11:29 am
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Pepper Rounds
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After the first brick was tossed, I would've let loose the pepper rounds. And withhold water. That will take the crap right out of the crowd. Let them burn for about a half hour or so. Bet they will think twice about pulling that brick and hammer crap again. There was no excuse for that stupid behavior. And I'm from Atlanta.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 04/10/13 - 12:56 pm
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"Excessive force" is usually
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"Excessive force" is usually used when arrested suspects refuse to go quietly and resist arrest. Batons and pepper spray are not used on cooperative suspects who obey instructions. This is what happens following a lifetime of defying authority, be it parental or school authority, and getting away with it, with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. When they finally meet someone whose orders are non negotiable and can not be flouted, things get ugly pretty quickly.

Darby
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Darby 04/10/13 - 01:07 pm
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Just waiting now for the...

Congress to get to work on legislation requiring registration of bricks and hammers.

That should stop the problem before it gets out of hand.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/10/13 - 01:19 pm
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They're very lucky

that nobody ended up with a police bullet lodged in a vital organ.

Parents need to explain to their children how to behave when a policeman commands their attention: being respectful and completely cooperative results in no batons or pepper spray leaving their holsters.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/10/13 - 01:25 pm
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I wonder....

How some of these lower income housing residents would feel if the average taxpayer got fed up with paying for them and just decided to gang up and evict them all by burning down their neighborhoods or throwing bricks at them as they enter and leave their domicile. I can almost bet the "shoe on the other foot" wouldn't be very pleasent to some of these people....

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 04/10/13 - 01:31 pm
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moss, i agree water cannons,
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moss, i agree water cannons, tear gas, and dogs...mean nasty vicious dogs...you put a dog on someone you will get an immediate attitude adjustment..oh yeah and if those animals was to thow rocks and hammers at police they should be able to shoot back with their service weapons....

burninater
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burninater 04/10/13 - 02:07 pm
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Just waiting now for

Just waiting now for the...
Congress to get to work on legislation requiring registration of bricks and hammers.

That should stop the problem before it gets out of hand.
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Let's see, let me check that article again, how many were killed this time in this mass hammer-and-bricking?

Oh, zero.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/10/13 - 03:26 pm
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A taser

would have come in handy in this situation. One warning, then a good zap would've kept this guy from getting billy clubbed. We can all be armchair quarterbacks, but I wouldn't think the officers would have responded this way if the guy peaceably asked the officers why they were arresting his brother...

If the officers are found to have used excessive force, then they should defintely be punished - there's subduing someone, and there's beating the crap out of someone - you have to know the difference.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/10/13 - 04:42 pm
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Just like a liberal....they

Just like a liberal....they bring bricks and hammers to a gun fight (eyeroll)

How many people were shot by the police in this incident? Oh, ZERO

proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 04/10/13 - 08:25 pm
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Parents?
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What do you mean that the "parents need to explain to their children how to behave...."? Excuse me, but these WERE the parents rioting and showing their "children" how to behave. Progressives today are saying that children do NOT belong to the parents, but to the community....Maybe it's time to start rethinking the abortion issue and seeing if WE (the community) can decide who gets to keep kids and who doesn't? Think the libs will go for that?

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 04/11/13 - 12:11 am
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Crowd
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Take the police out of this mob ruled place. Wall it off, let it rot.

KSL
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KSL 04/11/13 - 04:26 am
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Good grief, burn

Since no one was killed it was all right to riot like that? Damage public property? You are on the wrong side in this.

KSL
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KSL 04/11/13 - 04:33 am
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It always amazes me when

It always amazes me when people complain about the use of excessive force when law reinforcement meets up with excessive resistance.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/11/13 - 05:29 am
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What a difference in attitude

In Gwinnett county we applauded our police for ending a deadly situation ......amazing world this is...a dangerous & thankless job.

KSL
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KSL 04/11/13 - 05:46 am
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I would have applauded them

I would have applauded them for taking aim and throwing the bricks back at them. Keep the hammers. They have to pay for them!

Darby
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Darby 04/11/13 - 05:32 pm
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Guess I hurt Burninator's feelings,

since my last post has vanished without a trace. Sorry man...

Since I've never asked to have anyone's post taken down, for any reason, it's difficult to understand what the standard is.

If there is one.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/11/13 - 07:39 pm
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Hard to believe anyone would

Hard to believe anyone would excuse this behavior....

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