“Don’t Run from Police” Campaign Halted in Atlanta

 Atlanta city officials say they’re suspending a public outreach campaign advising citizens against running from police. Atlanta’s citizen review board posted the ads in southeast, southeast and northwest Atlanta and has agreed to take them down after hearing from city council members. Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms told local media she considers the ads a way of telling citizens they shouldn’t exercise their right to run from officers. Review board director Lee Reid says the campaign was meant as a common sense approach to de-escalate encounters between police and citizens. Reid says if a police stop is harassment or illegal, it’s better for citizens to cooperate and file a complaint than to run. Some city council officials say they appreciate the goal of the campaign but the message could be misinterpreted.

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