Updated on Tue., July 6 at 2:50 a.m. EST: We have confirmed that nine protesters were arrested on the scene at City Hall, with at least one protester checked into Grady after sustaining a head injury by Atlanta police. Sources have confirmed that a majority of protesters were released, with two denied bond and awaiting a court date this afternoon in which a judge will determine bond. ATL Homeless Union has reported they intend to host another demonstration outside of City Hall at 11:30 a.m.
Updated at 1:01 p.m. EST: Sources tell us zip cuffs are being passed out among APD officers, preparing to make arrests.
Updated at 12:53 p.m. EST: Protesters received their first 15-minute dispersal warning from police.
Updated at 12:37 p.m. EST: Sources on the ground tell us the APD said they’ll begin to make arrests within the half hour if people don’t start moving. Sources tell us people are staying put.
ATLANTA CITY HALL — “We are [the] homeless union, and we mean business. We’re not movin’. If we have to go to jail today, we will. We’re standing for something we believe in.”
Last night, The Mainline received a press release from the newly formed ATL Homeless Union reporting on a demonstration that formed outside of City Hall on Central and Mitchell. Members of the ATL Homeless Union tell us they plan to protest at 11:30 a.m. every day this week, adding “people are encouraged to come.”
The police began to arrive outside of City Hall early in the morning on Mon., July 5. This video is a submission from a direct on the ground source. You can our original breaking news report which includes the ATL Homeless Union’s full demands, written by the unhoused and includes a “seat at the table” with the mayor and city council here.
Sources tell us other local media joined at City Hall around 10:40 a.m. Reporters were intercepted by the police before they were permitted to speak with anyone in the camp, witnesses tell us. We will continue to report on this story as develops.