ATLANTA -- Hundreds joined the Georgia chapter of the NAACP, Friday, as they rallied in Atlanta marching to several locations in the city - including the Atlanta detention center.
In an afternoon news conference, the group discussed protests it was planning in several cities around Georgia.
"It is midnight in America for African Americans when it comes to policing," the group's leader said. "it is untenable. It is un-American."
The group began with a rally at the National Center for Civil Human Rights before marching to Ebenezer Baptist Church and then stopping briefly at Atlanta Underground.
The group then moved on to the Atlanta Detention Center where, for hours, speakers took to the steps amid a crowd of voices, chants and signs - many decrying how the justice system treats African Americans and how officer-involved actions are handled.
The Georgia NAACP is calling for new laws in the state of Georgia in that respect: they want the establishment of a new, independent body to investigate every police-involved shooting in the state with an independent prosecutor. They also want to see an elimination of sovereign immunity for police officers and a requirement for police departments across the state to release bodycam and dash cam videos to the public within 48 hours of an incident.
Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor, the Rev. Raphael Warnock quoted former pastor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from more than 50 years ago: "We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality."
Warnock said the assembled clergy is proud of the younger generation stepping forward to take charge of the modern civil rights movement.
"We're proud of our young people who lead Black Lives Matter," Warnock said. "We stand with them."
Warnock said the American way is to shake up the apple cart, to do what is necessary to achieve positive change peacefully.
Another protest is planned Saturday called ATL Silent Protest. In that demonstration, protestors say they'll stand in solidarity in the Buckhead community. Instead of chanting and yelling, as protestors did in July, they plan to remain silent.
Georgia NAACP hosted protests on Friday in Atlanta, Columbus, Athens, Savannah and Valdosta. The Atlanta protest began at 6 p.m. at 100 Ivan Allen Blvd and ended shortly after midnight.
ATL Silent Protest plan to gather at MARTA's Lenox station at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Atlanta police said their department said they were aware of plans for protests over the weekend and officers were be present Friday. However, 11Alive's crews on the scene said that, for the most part, they gave the protesters room to march - much as they did during protests in July.
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