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Protests Envelop Atlanta and the Nation

Nathan Posner, an AJT photojournalist documented the George Floyd protests in Atlanta through his powerful camera lens.

  • A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign in front of the Georgia state capitol building. Protesters marched for the fifth straight day in Atlanta Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
    A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign in front of the Georgia state capitol building. Protesters marched for the fifth straight day in Atlanta Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
  • Protesters confront Atlanta police outside of the CNN center and State Farm Arena Friday, May 29. Protesters and police clashed after a peaceful march over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25, 2020.
    Protesters confront Atlanta police outside of the CNN center and State Farm Arena Friday, May 29. Protesters and police clashed after a peaceful march over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25, 2020.
  • A protester yells at police as marchers confront them on the 5th day of protests in Atlanta. Protesters marched around Centennial Olympic Park June 2 over the death of George Floyd and police brutality against people of color.
    A protester yells at police as marchers confront them on the 5th day of protests in Atlanta. Protesters marched around Centennial Olympic Park June 2 over the death of George Floyd and police brutality against people of color.
  • A protester holds a Black Lives Matter flag on top of the CNN sign in downtown Atlanta. Protesters and police clashed outside of the iconic CNN center May 29.
    A protester holds a Black Lives Matter flag on top of the CNN sign in downtown Atlanta. Protesters and police clashed outside of the iconic CNN center May 29.
  • Protesters march by the Varsity downtown on the fourth day of protests Monday, June 1.
    Protesters march by the Varsity downtown on the fourth day of protests Monday, June 1.
  • Protesters hold up their fists to Georgia state patrol officers, blocking off an entrance to Interstates 75 and 85 Saturday, May 20.
    Protesters hold up their fists to Georgia state patrol officers, blocking off an entrance to Interstates 75 and 85 Saturday, May 20.
  • Blue light from a police vehicle reflects off a Black Lives Matter sign held up by a protester during a clash with police after a peaceful protest Friday, May 29.
    Blue light from a police vehicle reflects off a Black Lives Matter sign held up by a protester during a clash with police after a peaceful protest Friday, May 29.
  • Protesters stomp on an Atlanta police vehicle left behind by police in front of the CNN center during a clash after the peaceful protest May 29.
    Protesters stomp on an Atlanta police vehicle left behind by police in front of the CNN center during a clash after the peaceful protest May 29.
  • A protester stands atop a destroyed police cruiser, one of many vandalized May 29.
    A protester stands atop a destroyed police cruiser, one of many vandalized May 29.
  • A police officer stands outside an entrance to the CNN center which has been coated with anti-police graffiti. Protesters broke windows of the building as they confronted police May 29.
    A police officer stands outside an entrance to the CNN center which has been coated with anti-police graffiti. Protesters broke windows of the building as they confronted police May 29.
  • A police cruiser burns as protesters watch. Protesters vandalized multiple vehicles left behind by the Atlanta police during the clash May 29.
    A police cruiser burns as protesters watch. Protesters vandalized multiple vehicles left behind by the Atlanta police during the clash May 29.
  • A protester stands on top of a burning police cruiser while holding a riot shield. Protests turned violent after a march over the death of George Floyd in front of the CNN Center and State Farm Arena May 29.
    A protester stands on top of a burning police cruiser while holding a riot shield. Protests turned violent after a march over the death of George Floyd in front of the CNN Center and State Farm Arena May 29.
  • Atlanta police protect a fireman as he extinguishes a police cruiser lit aflame by protesters in the clash outside CNN Center May 29.
    Atlanta police protect a fireman as he extinguishes a police cruiser lit aflame by protesters in the clash outside CNN Center May 29.
  • Atlanta police push back protesters using riot shields May 29.
    Atlanta police push back protesters using riot shields May 29.
  • Lieutenant Knapp of the Atlanta police holds hands and marches with a protester in an attempt to get them to disband after a 9 p.m. curfew. Some protesters attempted to get others to leave Sunday, May 31
    Lieutenant Knapp of the Atlanta police holds hands and marches with a protester in an attempt to get them to disband after a 9 p.m. curfew. Some protesters attempted to get others to leave Sunday, May 31

Growing up in Atlanta, you can’t ignore the city’s history and involvement from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. I’ve always paid attention to politics and for a long time would interrupt journalists I saw doing their job in public, asking them how they got into it and what they did. I started doing my own coverage of video game production when I was 13, interviewing voice actors and video game content creators at local conventions, such as MomoCon. As I grew older, I combined my two interests in politics and digital content creation by working on campaigns and covering them. Now as a rising sophomore at Georgetown University, I plan to major in government and minor in film and media studies as well as statistics, hoping to eventually get into a career creating digital content for campaigns or possibly covering them for media outlets.

Nathan Posner, guest photojournalist

I photographed these protests because it’s important and the history being made here should be covered from a perspective that doesn’t favor anyone, but rather looks at it from an unbiased position. Our city has a story to tell, and I think that it can be told through my eyes as a photographer. Atlanta has a history of being on the forefront of change, and I think as a photojournalist it is my job to document that change factually as it happens on the streets of our city, both for those who can’t be there and for future generations.

 

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A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign in front of the Georgia state capitol building. Protesters marched for the fifth straight day in Atlanta Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

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Protesters confront Atlanta police outside of the CNN center and State Farm Arena Friday, May 29. Protesters and police clashed after a peaceful march over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25, 2020.

3.

A protester yells at police as marchers confront them on the 5th day of protests in Atlanta. Protesters marched around Centennial Olympic Park June 2 over the death of George Floyd and police brutality against people of color.

4.

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter flag on top of the CNN sign in downtown Atlanta. Protesters and police clashed outside of the iconic CNN center May 29.

5.

Protesters march by the Varsity downtown on the fourth day of protests Monday, June 1.

6.

Protesters hold up their fists to Georgia state patrol officers, blocking off an entrance to Interstates 75 and 85 Saturday, May 20.

7.

Blue light from a police vehicle reflects off a Black Lives Matter sign held up by a protester during a clash with police after a peaceful protest Friday, May 29.

8.

Protesters stomp on an Atlanta police vehicle left behind by police in front of the CNN center during a clash after the peaceful protest May 29.

9.

A protester stands atop a destroyed police cruiser, one of many vandalized May 29.

10.

A police officer stands outside an entrance to the CNN center which has been coated with anti-police graffiti. Protesters broke windows of the building as they confronted police May 29.

11.

A police cruiser burns as protesters watch. Protesters vandalized multiple vehicles left behind by the Atlanta police during the clash May 29.

12.

A protester stands on top of a burning police cruiser while holding a riot shield. Protests turned violent after a march over the death of George Floyd in front of the CNN Center and State Farm Arena May 29.

13.

Atlanta police protect a fireman as he extinguishes a police cruiser lit aflame by protesters in the clash outside CNN Center May 29.

14.

Atlanta police push back protesters using riot shields May 29.

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Lieutenant Knapp of the Atlanta police holds hands and marches with a protester in an attempt to get them to disband after a 9 p.m. curfew. Some protesters attempted to get others to leave Sunday, May 31

 

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