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Atlanta Police cancel Thanksgiving vacation, prepare for more protests

(Source: WGCL-TV) (Source: WGCL-TV)
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Atlanta's police chief said he has canceled officers' Thanksgiving vacation and they are preparing for more protests Wednesday.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the city's police chief, George Turner, spoke Wednesday about the protests held in the city Tuesday night.

More than 1,000 people protested peacefully, but a group of about 150 people took over the Downtown Connector.

24 people were arrested after store windows were broken and other damage was done in the city. Only seven of those people lived in the city of Atlanta. Most of those people were charged with disorderly conduct, according to WGCL-TV.

Atlanta Mayor Reed warned anyone who might choose to do the same again.

"We are not going to tolerate our Downtown Connector to be interfered with," said Mayor Reed. "If you move toward the connector, you will be arrested."

Atlanta Police Chief Turner said the department was prepared for more protests, and encouraged those who participate to be peaceful.

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