The death of Secoriea Turner in Atlanta has caused many protesters to stop and take stock of their cause. She was murdered in her mother’s car on July 4th, as protesters decided to open fire on the vehicle because they attempted to pull into a parking lot that they were guarding. The Atlanta police have zeroed in on a suspect in this case and video has been released.
According to a police spokesman, there are at least three other suspects that are believed to be involved. When questions were asked about the case, the police began to address various claims that have been circulating in the streets of Atlanta. There is a vicious rumor circulating about the people in the car at the time, as there are some who believe that they pulled a gun on the protesters first.
The police officers stated there is no video evidence that such an event occurred. Meanwhile, there was another rumor about the car. Stories have spread about the car ending up in the middle of a crossfire that was taking place between two different vehicles. The police spokesman confirmed that this rumor was also false.
The car was specifically targeted and none of the aforementioned narratives have any truth to them. Why did this horrific tragedy even happen? As it turns out, there is no real mystery to it. During the previous two weeks before the murder of this small child, there were issues brewing when it came to the roadblock that was set up by the local Wendy’s.
A group of armed citizens are said to have taken over the area and roadblocks were set up on University Avenue. They have been shooting at local residents lately, too. “My husband literally just missed getting caught in the crossfire when he was on his way home,” says Kimberlee Jones. What kind of world are we living in when people are not able to make their way to and from work without having to worry?
The area has been a magnet for shootings lately and we are tired of hearing about it. Not in the sense that we are going to ignore these issues but in the sense that we are fed up with seeing honest, hard working Americans suffering because a few folks feel like it’s their personal right to go around tearing things up and shooting anyone who disagrees.
A group of people has taken over the burned-out property of the Wendy’s on University Avenue where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed. They have refused to leave.
People who live in the neighborhood said they are no longer protesters, but people using the space for their own gain…
They said that people block the street, and sometimes will not even allow residents to pass.
“My husband literally just missed getting caught in the crossfire when he was on his way home,” said Kimberlee Jones. “And people have been shot and have been hurt.”
She lives about a mile from where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed, and said it’s been difficult to get through her neighborhood since a group of people took over the parking lot where it happened.
We are well past the point of peaceful protest here. Innocent citizens are fearing for their lives and they are wondering where else they can turn. Authorities were well aware of what was taking place and they were not willing to do anything about it. They allowed the violence to reach the point of no return and now everyone else is being made to suffer because of their delays.
Emotions may have been raw but what about the families that are forced to bury their loved ones? Their emotions are probably raw right now, too. Even the city’s council members are not safe. A city councilwoman claims that she was also stopped by the protesters when she attempted to pass through the area.
Sad situation someone today and yesterday at Wendy's that is blocked off by armed young men with long guns and pistols. All businesses surrounding are boarded. The tension is in the air and emotions are raw. Police are not in sight. Is this Atlanta? No! We must rise up! pic.twitter.com/At86bIAQYL
— Felicia Moore (@FeliciaAMoore) June 21, 2020
The situation was described to the interim police chief and they were told that the group had essentially taken over the streets. From the looks of it, the citizens of Atlanta are dealing with their own version of the CHOP situation. Police monitored the situation from a respectful distance but they were not able or willing to intervene when officers were assaulted.
Protesters at the scene are calling the mayor of Atlanta a liar, claiming that they had nothing to do with the shooting. This begs the question: if the protesters weren’t responsible for the death of a small child, who is? The police are doing their best and gathering information wherever they can. That’s the only solace that we can take in what is going on right now.