A series of George Floyd protests in Georgia, United States have occurred, includine eleven consecutive days of protests and rallys occurring in Atlanta as of June 8, 2020. As of July 2020, protests have occurred in twenty various cities and communities in the state.
On May 30, about 40 or 50 protesters peaceably demonstrated with signs and chants. They lined up along Slappey Boulevard on a vacant lot, where they were joined by local officials and supplied with bottled water by Albany police.
Protesters blocked Broad Street starting around lunchtime on May 29 at the University of Georgia. On May 31, several hundred protesters marched through downtown for several hours ending at the Arch. By midnight, a group of 100 would not leave, and police subsequently used tear gas to disperse it.
A peaceful march occurred on May 29 at Centennial Olympic Park and was attended by hundreds. At around 6:00p.m., protesters marched to the CNN Center, which was then vandalized by protesters starting at around 7:00p.m. Specifically, some protesters vandalized the CNN logo outside its offices, broke the building's glass, and entered the center at around 9:00p.m. and destroyed its interior. As tensions between protesters and police escalated, police began using tear gas on protesters. Protesters threw water bottles, eggs, and other objects at officers, burned police cars, and defaced businesses. The College Football Hall of Fame's gift shop was looted; Hall of Fame CEO Kimberly Beaudin told ESPN that "no artifacts or displays were damaged." Three officers were injured in the clashes, including one who was run over by an ATV.
At midnight, Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in Fulton County and authorized 500 National Guard members to aid law enforcement in the city. Local black leaders, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and rapper and activist Killer Mike, decried the riots. By Saturday, May 30 at 5:30, 71 arrests had been made in Atlanta, and one demonstrator was reported shot.
Also on May 30, after initially ordering two black college students to continue driving their car, Atlanta police pulled them from their car, broke a car window, and used Tasers to shock them. Within days, six officers were charged as a result of the incident; two were fired and four were put on administrative leave. The Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, stated that the two college students were "innocent almost to the point of being naive.
On June 3, APD reported that 425 protesters were arrested between May 29 and June 1. Of those arrested, 51 people (~12%) were not from Georgia.
On June 13, after the police killed Rayshard Brooks the night before. Protesters clashed with police and burned down the Wendy's where Brooks was killed.
On July 4, 2020, a "predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters" rallied at Stone Mountain Park, the birthplace of the modern Ku Klux Klan, calling for the removal of a large rock relief on the mountain's north face that has been described by the president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP as "the largest shrine to white supremacy in the history of the world". A spokesperson for the Stone Mountain Memorial Association stated that "the protesters were peaceful and orderly".
On May 30, about 60 people marched on Wrightsboro Road. The event was organized on Facebook. On May 31, hundreds of demonstrators marched down Washington Road chanting and holding signs. Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree spoke and deputies marched with the group. On June 6, 2,000 demonstrators marched through Downtown Augusta chanting and holding up signs that said “Black Lives Matter”. Augusta-Richmond County Mayor Hardie Davis spoke to demonstrators at the Augusta Riverwalk and expressed how happy he was that the protests in Augusta were peaceful and he said “We will get change”. Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones was a special guest and one of few who spoke to protesters about the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor and how they are smiling down from heaven knowing there will be change.
Over 100 protestors demonstrated peacefully in Adamson Square on Sunday, May 31. A second peaceful protest was organized for Monday, June 1 by University of West Georgia students and attracted hundreds of participants.
On Sunday, June 7, one week after the first protest, demonstrators again gathered in Adamson Square. The protestors marched to Courthouse Park to stand in front of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument, erected in January 2020, and next to the Carroll County Confederate Monument, erected in April 1910.
About 200 protesters demonstrated peacefully on the steps of the Bartow County Courthouse for an hour on Saturday, May 30. Some stayed afterwards to pick up litter from the courthouse grounds.
Over 200 protesters walked peacefully along Broadway through downtown Columbus on Sunday afternoon, May 31, with a police escort under the supervision of the mayor and the county sheriff. After the march ended about 3 p.m., some protesters regrouped and walked up 13th Street, blocking traffic; 22 of them were arrested for failing to disperse, a misdemeanor.
On Monday, June 1, several dozen demonstrators marched peacefully, escorted by city police, from Harmon Field to the Whitfield County Courthouse and then to City Hall.
On Thursday, June 4, hundreds of protestors marched in a peaceful protest that included speeches from Congressman Buddy Carter and State Representative Al Williams.
Over 100 protesters rallied on campus at Kennesaw State University and marched to downtown Kennesaw on June 1. Protesters met with Kennesaw Police and peacefully discussed their concerns.
Hundreds gathered on Sunday, May 31, in Rosa Parks Square downtown for an "Ecumenical Day of Solidarity" organized by local clergy to honor the memories of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor with songs, chants, and prayers. The event was attended by Bibb County Sheriff David Davis and two of his deputies.
On June 1, over 100 protesters marched from Laurel Park to Marietta Square. Officers of the Marietta Police Department worked with protest organizers on the event.
A group of about 100 demonstrators protested peacefully at the Rome City Hall on Sunday afternoon, May 31.
On June 6, around 250 demonstrated along Mount Vernon Highway, outside Sandy Springs City Hall. Mayor Rusty Paul attended the event and expressed his support for the protesters. On June 8, another protest took place outside City Hall, where around 50 people demonstrated against police violence.
Nearly 100 protesters, escorted by city police, marched peacefully from the Farmer's Market to Remington Park on Sunday afternoon, May 31, chanting and waving signs, and receiving honks of support from passing motorists.
About 50 protesters assembled on the grounds of the Lowndes County Courthouse on the afternoon of May 30 for a peaceful demonstration, and were acknowledged by passing motorists with honks of support. On June 3, Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk tussled with a protester over a sign that had foul language. The brief altercation ended with Paulk and the protesters shaking hands. There were no injuries, no arrests, no charges filed, and the protest remained peaceful.
On May 30, dozens of protesters marched two miles through the city to start a conversation about police brutality.