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Atlanta Police May Soon Work Off-Duty At Adult Entertainment Clubs

Your AM Rundown: Plus, an Atlanta activist sat on the rooftop until his message for teen violence prevention was heard.

Atlanta Police Department is considering changing policy that would allow officers to work off-duty at adult entertainment clubs. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

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Here’s what to know for today: 

  • The Atlanta Police Department is considering allowing its officers to work off-duty for the city’s infamous adult entertainment industry for the first time in nearly 30 years. The potential change in the department’s policy is part of a larger conversation involving Atlanta’s nightlife culture and the violence it has attracted in recent years. APD stopped allowing officers to work off-duty at the venues after the 1993 murder of Henry Jeffcoat, former owner of Goldrush Showbar, revealed a criminal burglary ring led by off-duty officers.
  • A local activist with a message against teen violence has secured a $25,000 donation from a Saturday Night Live star with Atlanta ties to aid in a six-week summer camp program. Bruce Griggs, founder of Operation Correct Start, protested for two days and three nights by sitting on the roof of a bail bonds business, stating that he would not come down until he raised awareness of the city’s increase in violence. Kenan Thompson provided the grant for the camp for Black boys aged 8-14.
  • Eight protesters were arrested Tuesday at the site of a proposed $90 million law enforcement training facility that activists are calling “Cop City”. While the site is in unincorporated DeKalb County, it’s owned by the city of Atlanta. City council members voted in September 2021 to lease the land to the Atlanta Police Foundation.

ICYMI: Clark Atlanta University’s class of 2022 marched across the stage this past weekend and received a gift aimed at promoting entrepreneurship from one of its most notable alumni. Atlanta restaurateur and Slutty Vegan owner, Pinky Cole, gifted each graduate with a limited liability company or LLC. Cole is a 2009 graduate of the Atlanta HBCU.

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