During an emotional press conference Sunday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for citizens to stop "shooting each other up on our streets." This was after an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed near a Wendy's on the 4th of July.
Bottoms, who is considered a possible running mate with Joe Biden, fought back tears during the remarks. There have been a staggering number of deaths in cities across the United States. Sixty-three people were injured and 17 killed in Chicago, including two children, over the weekend; and in New York City, 44 were hurt and at least six killed.
“Enough is enough," Bottoms said, per Fox News. "Enough is enough. We have talked about this movement that's happening across America and this moment in time when we have the ears and the interests of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change. But the difference in this moment in time with the civil rights movement -- in the civil rights movement, there was a defined, common enemy. We're fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up on our streets."
"You shot and killed a baby," Bottoms continued. "And there wasn’t just one shooter; there were at least two shooters. An 8-year-old baby. If you want people to take us seriously, and you don't want us to lose this movement, then we can't lose each other."
"It has to stop," Bottoms added, according to FOX 5 Atlanta. "You can't blame this on police officers. It's about people who shot a baby in a car. We're doing each other more harm than any officer on this force."
Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, says "Enough is enough... you shot and killed a baby." during a press conference today addressing the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl last night in southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/IqlzWQlFfY
— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) July 5, 2020
Secoriya Williamson, the father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, talked to the public during a press conference on Monday. "They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own," Williamson said.
"They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own." Secoriya Williamson, father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, addressed the public during a press conf. today after his daughter was shot and killed last night while riding in a car w/ her mother in Southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/odowRbSXsq
— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) July 5, 2020
Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire weighed in, pointing out police shot 9 unarmed black people in all of last year, while 25 people were shot in Atlanta in one day.
Police shot 9 unarmed black people all of last year.
25 people were shot just in Atlanta. Yesterday. And not by police.
BLM says the first thing is a crisis worthy of rioting but the second is not.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 6, 2020
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