October 7, 1988 |
Atlanta police, accused of brutality in this week's massive arrests, detained 10 more anti-abortion protesters Thursday as the group calling itself Operation Rescue continued its "siege of Atlanta." About 150 anti-abortion activists, many pushing their children in carriages, saying the rosary and singing hymns, were met by a phalanx of 40 police officers at one of five clinics in Atlanta that perform abortions.
July 27, 1988 |
A small-town mayor who once ordered police to shoot to kill stray dogs and shoot to wound suspected burglars has now ordered them to "shoot to stop" anyone fighting in the city park. "They are to shoot from the waist down only," Mayor B. A. Johnson said after weekend fighting between youths in the rural community's 12-acre park. "We're going to fix it so decent people can go to the park."
March 6, 1993 |
Five police officers from metropolitan Atlanta have been implicated in a crime ring linked to a murder, an armed robbery and numerous burglaries. According to police in Clayton County, south of Atlanta, the officers may have had a common link through their interest in bodybuilding. Three officers have been charged with last month's murder of a man who owned a nude dance club. Two are from suburban Riverdale in Clayton County and one is from Fulton County, which embraces most of Atlanta.
October 9, 1988 |
Operation Rescue ended its "siege of Atlanta" on Saturday, proclaiming success despite numbers of protesters being well short of its goal and promising to stage similar anti-abortion vigils at clinics across the nation in the coming months. In the culmination of six days of renewed protests, almost 250 anti-abortion demonstrators fanned out over the city, picketing and attempting "rescues" of clinic clients at four Atlanta abortion clinics and drawing 40 arrests.
November 24, 1990 |
The son of former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and alcohol possession after he and two other teen-agers were stopped for littering. Police said Andrew J. Young III, 17, was in a car that had been pulled over after Officer Larry Geisz saw a bag of trash thrown out of it. Geisz said he noticed a holster by Young's foot and when he asked the youth what it was, "he did not answer, but reached down and pulled up a pistol and pointed it at me."
April 22, 1995 |
With some community leaders predicting violence and the National Guard staging drills nearby, the annual spring bacchanal known as "Freaknik" got under way Friday, with waves of festive college students promenading down barricaded downtown streets. Fearing the worst, many Atlantans have left town. Others stayed home from work, leaving downtown eerily deserted Friday morning. But by early afternoon, the party had begun.