Protests planned in Atlanta in response to officer-involved shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte

Protests planned in Atlanta over weekend

ATLANTA - More than two months after protestors filled Atlanta streets for five straight nights, more protests are being planned for this weekend. 

The message will be similar, as protestors are organizing in reaction to deadly officer involved shootings. This time they will be protesting after the deaths of Terence Crutch in Tulsa and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. 

"All I can say is we are going to be peaceful," Steven Chatman said.

Chatman is one of the organizers behind a protest on Saturday called ATL Silent Protest. The group plans to have protestors stand in solidarity in the Buckhead community, but instead of chanting and yelling as protestors did in July, they plan to remain silent. 

"This is a silent protest, because we aren't trying to loot and tear up what we have," Chatman said. "What we are trying to do is raise awareness to the cause."

Georgia NAACP is also planning protests for Friday in several cities around Georgia.

Atlanta Police closely watched the five straight days of protests in July, making several arrests while avoiding violence.

An APD sergeant tells 11Alive the department is aware of plans for protests this weekend and officers will be present. In July APD relied on its existing relationship with the community and the plan for this weekend is the same.

"You have to take the pulse of the community and be ready to respond accordingly," Sgt. Warren Pickard said. "Sometimes you just have to let the community have their voices heard and then respond after the voices have been heard."

July's protests led to an all-hands-on-deck situations and 12-hour shifts for Atlanta's officers.

Photos | Summer protests in Atlanta

There are currently no plans for the same response Friday and Saturday, but APD is also still reaching out to protest organizers to learn what their plans are.

"Of course they will make some demands, we see where we can interject ourselves to make sure this is all done peacefully," Pickard said. "What I think is important is just to have the avenue of communication."

As images of physical violence and looting come out of Charlotte's protests, Chatman said there is a better way to send a message and seek justice. He believes Atlanta has always delivered a strong message without violence and that should continue this weekend.

"We want to be the ones that stand-up and have a voice the right way," Chatman said. 

Georgia NAACP will be hosting protests on Friday in Atlanta, Columbus, Athens, Savannah and Valdosta. The Atlanta protest will begin at 6 p.m., at 100 Ivan Allen Blvd. ATL Silent Protest plan to gather at MARTA's Lenox station at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Photos | Protests in Charlotte

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