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'We're not criminals' | Residents say apartment complex security guards harass them

Resident say the bottom line -- security is targeting the wrong people.

ATLANTA -- People who live in a Southeast Atlanta apartment complex say the security company hired to keep them safe continues going too far.

Residents and community activist gathered Friday at the Forest Cove Apartments to talk about some of the issues.

11ALive first told you about the problems a couple of weeks ago after residents contacted us, asking for help. They say security guards with 3D Protective Services are harassing them and using aggressive tactics. They accuse the guards of trying to search their cars and question them as they head to work in the morning.

Resident say the bottom line -- security is targeting the wrong people.

"They've scared us to the point where some of us won't even speak out but today we have to speak out. Our kids is feared for their lives," one woman said. "We are not the cause. Y'all treating us like we're criminals and we're not the criminals."

A lawyer for a community volunteer said a guard even placed his client in handcuffs when he showed up to help residents organize.

"We want to make clear the people we are describing, they are not Atlanta police officers. The people we are describing are hired security who've been hired by Millennial to come out, move and operate as if they are police,"Attorney Mawiuli Davis said.

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Just last month, residents held a protest after a baby was grazed by a bullet. Investigators found nearly 20 bullet casings at the scene, according to police. Residents say the shooting happened during a party.

Another woman was also injured in that shooting. Residents said that woman was shielding another child who was not injured. Police said the woman was shot in the leg and was grazed on the arm.

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