Atlanta mayor: 'We know the frustration is still there' despite calmer Saturday protests

Atlanta mayor: 'We know the frustration is still there' despite calmer Saturday protests
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said discontent over police brutality remained high both in her city and across the U.S, even after Atlanta saw a calmer Saturday night.

“We know the frustration is still there,” Bottoms said on "Meet the Press” in a joint interview with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), adding, "all the issues and all the concerns and anger that were there on Friday haven’t gone away.”


“This is more of a systemic issue we are facing that will take time to address. Certainly, acknowledging the deaths of so many innocent people in America — there are no easy answers but as Mayor Bowser says: The solution is not to destroy our cities,” she added.

Protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week continued in Atlanta Saturday night, though they appeared more peaceful than those the previous day.

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If Trump were to give such an address, she added, “I’d like to hear a genuine concern for our communities and where we are with race relations in America.” However, she said,  “we know that when he spoke on Charlottesville he made the matter worse …I am concerned that this president has a history of making matters worse.”

Lance-Bottoms also addressed speculation, including by the president and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWe haven't seen how low it can go Trump lashes out at Toomey, Romney after Roger Stone clemency criticism GOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' MORE, that some rioting was instigated by people from out of state.

“We ... noticed many of the protesters got lost even when there was a detour," she said. "These were people from the outside."

St. Paul, Minn., Mayor Melvin Carter (D) made a similar claim Saturday, saying everyone arrested in the city Friday night was a non-resident, before walking back the statement later in the day, saying he was given inaccurate information by police.