Atlanta NAACP President Gerald Griggs calls on Atlanta to allow public vote on Training Center.
Civil rights advocates are once more requesting Atlanta's mayor and city council to grant them the opportunity to vote on the construction of the contentious future public safety training center, commonly referred to as "Cop City" by its critics.
In response to the city's rejection of more than 116,000 signatures on a petition aimed at halting the facility's development, these advocates held a press conference outside Atlanta City Hall on Thursday.
One activist passionately exclaimed, "Allow the citizens to exercise their right to vote! Allow the citizens to exercise their right to vote! Allow the citizens to exercise their right to vote!"
The civil rights protestors conveyed their frustration, believing that their plea is falling on deaf ears among Atlanta's municipal leadership. On Monday, they submitted a petition containing 116,000 signatures to the city clerk's office.
“It’s time for the City of Atlanta to put this to a vote so the people have a voice. The purpose of governance is to be the voice of the people,” said Gerald Griggs, Atlanta’s NAACP president.