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T.I. takes part in Atlanta protests

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AJC photo: Brant Sanderlin

Rapper-actor-entrepreneur T.I. took part in Atlanta protests Friday night, marching with hundreds of people who gathered to express outrage about police-involved shooting deaths of African Americans.

Recording artist T.I. walks toward a police barricade on Williams Street. Police blocked protesters from walking onto the downtown connector Friday night. Thousands gathered in the streets of Atlanta Friday July 8, 2016, to protest the recent police shootings that have happened around the country. The group gathered outside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights before marching to Centennial Olympic Park and surrounding streets.  AJC photo: Brant Sanderlin

Recording artist T.I. walks toward a police barricade on Williams Street. Police blocked protesters from walking onto the downtown connector Friday night. Thousands gathered in the streets of Atlanta Friday July 8, 2016, to protest the recent police shootings that have happened around the country. The group gathered outside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights before marching to Centennial Olympic Park and surrounding streets.
AJC photo: Brant Sanderlin

The crowd gathered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and headed to the CNN Center before moving toward the Williams Street exit to the Connector. There, law enforcement officers formed a blockade to prevent the group from getting onto the highway.

T.I. posted photos and video clips from the scene

The standoff between marcher and law enforcement took place around the corner from Scales 925, T.I.’s downtown Atlanta restaurant. This week a number of past employees sued him, his business partner and the restaurant’s management group, claiming they weren’t paid properly, were forced to work overtime without addition compensation and weren’t given their final paychecks.

The lawsuit also alleges the restaurant has not paid its taxes.

On Thursday night, protesters blocked Atlanta streets and, briefly, the Connector. On Friday, keeping people off the highway was a priority for law enforcement.

“If you enter the highway, you endanger your own life, the lives of innocent motorists & the lives of our officers,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said via Twitter Friday night. “We are better than that.”

The crowd finally dispersed at about 3:40 a.m.


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