AP-GA–Police Shootings-Atlanta Response

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ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta’s police chief says officers are being told to stay “vigilant and professional” following the Dallas attack on law enforcement.

Chief George Turner said at a Friday news conference that the department’s strategy during planned weekend demonstrations may change in small ways. Unlike some other cities, Atlanta has not directed officers to pair up on patrol. Turner says some patrol routes already do that but most are single assignments.

Turner says Atlanta officers reported feeling concerned and upset by the news. He says he’s confident in their professionalism and training.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says people have the right to hold protests this weekend over recent police shootings. But Reed says property destruction or “unlawful” protest won’t be tolerated.

Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven others wounded Thursday.

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