Atlanta, GA – Emboldened by a national movement to shut down Immigration Customs and Enforcement offices and release jailed illegal immigrants, demonstrators blocked sidewalks, yelled profanities, and taunted and attacked law enforcement officers outside the Atlanta City Detention Center on Monday.
In order to get in and out of the building, police were forced to walk through the hoard of protesters, and at least one officer was escorted to her vehicle by her fellow officers to help ensure her safety, WSB reported.
“My officers were attacked with umbrellas, frozen bottled water – anything they could get their hands on,” an Atlanta Police Department spokesman told WSB.
One person held a fishing pole with a donut tied to the end of the line, and as officers passed by, they dangled the treat in front of them.
The protesters had been camped out in tents – a violation of Atlanta’s urban camping law – for three days as of Monday.
“We came up with our plan to make it safe for not only the citizens and the protesters, but for my officers,” the department spokesman told WSB.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., a group of approximately 20 officers in riot gear forced the demonstrators out of their tents and across the roadway.
Within a half hour, the bulk of the crowd had been dispersed, WSB reported.
Police said that no officers were injured during the three-day demonstration, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The only arrest was that of Tori Tremayne, who was charged with disorderly conduct on Sunday night after she refused to move her tent.
“Several protesters became violent, fighting and throwing items at the officers, including frozen water bottles,” Atlanta Police Officer Jarius Daugherty said of the incidents on Sunday. “One woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.”
The protest began just over a week after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s announcement that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the Atlanta City Detention Center from accepting any new ICE detainees, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“The inhumane action of family separation demands that Atlanta act now,” Bottoms said at the time.