Armed protesters at the shooting site of Rayshard Brooks say the police are not allowed.
NY Post reports armed protesters near the Atlanta site where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot during his arrest earlier this month say police are no longer allowed in the area — which residents say is getting increasingly dangerous, according to new reports.
One man, joined by two others Tuesday night near the Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta where the June 12 shooting occurred, told FOX News that he was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun.
“It’s for me and the rest of our peaceful people, to protect us and also me, because as you guys know, there is no police presence here,” said the man. “There’s no one else to protect us, so me and my fellow brothers are here to protect each other.”
“The police aren’t allowed here because they aren’t here to protect us,” he added. “They’re not here to serve and protect anymore.”
If a patrol car does roll up to the site, according to one of the other men, “he’s going to have to leave.”
A third man said protesters will “calmly discuss and conversate” with the officers, telling them they aren’t moving and they are peaceful.
A Fox News reporter observed a roadblock with no police in sight.
The Atlanta Police Department told FOX early Wednesday that the department “is monitoring the situation and plans to coordinate with community leaders and the Wendy’s property owner to address security issues and help preserve peace for this community as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, some residents say that the people there are no longer there to protest, but are occupying the space for their own gain.
“It’s not a protest at this point,” Kimberlee Jones told WXIA-TV. “I use the term ‘flea market’ because some people are camped out, some are selling things, others are taking selfies and not actually protesting.”