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Dickens Launches New Tool to Crack Down on Crime

Your AM Rundown: Plus, watch a recap of our live event celebrating Women’s History Month.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, seen earlier this month honoring the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings, unveiled a new crime-fighting tool Wednesday to curb repeat offenders. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what to know for today:

  • Mayor Andre Dickens has a new tool to help crack down on crime. The Repeat Offender Tracking Unit uses local, state, and federal resources to monitor an estimated 1,000 individuals already in the system. The hope is that authorities will be able to share real-time information with prosecutors, judges, and probation officers.
  • The city is exploring ways to memorialize more than two dozen victims of the  1906 Atlanta Race Massacre. The resolution, which was sponsored by council member Keisha Sean Waites, calls for a historical marker to be placed at the sites of violence in Downtown and south Atlanta. The proposed remembrance is part of larger ongoing effort by the Mongtomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative to erect memorials for lynching victims nationwide.
  • Another day, another cityhood conversation. A new initiative for the proposed city of North Decatur is gaining momentum as lawmakers, like Democratic state Sen. Sally Harrell, join the effort supporting the proposed city. According to the proposal, North Decatur would expand into Vista Grove. The borders would extend from Embry Hills in the north to Atlanta, Decatur, and Avondale Estates in the south. The proposed new city would have roughly 82,000 residents 
  • Capital B Atlanta health reporter Kenya Hunter reports that advocates for Black trans youth in Georgia are speaking out against potential legislation banning  public school students from participating on sports teams that don’t match the sex on their birth certificate. 

ICYMI: Missed Capital B’s Women’s History Month event, The Firsts? Check out this recap. When you’re done, be sure to check out the archives from our first live event, The Power of Black Stories.

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