Atlanta civil rights organizations declare 'state of emergency'

The Georgia NAACP and other civil rights organizations announced a state of emergency regarding police violence on Wednesday.

This comes after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it responded to four officer-involved shootings in less than 24 hours.

"This is a peculiarly American problem that involves policing," Attorney Francys Johnson explained.

The GBI said they’ve received 59 requests this year from law enforcement to investigate officer-involved shootings.

"This is a burden that cannot be sustained," Johnson mentioned.

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The press conference included the New Georgia Project and several attorneys.

The group is calling for "legislative actions that prioritize resolving systematic deficiencies that ultimately lead to more people losing their lives."

"We're calling for a continued level of accountability for prosecutors," State President of the Georgia NAACP Rev. James Woodall explained. "We have called for the department of justice to investigate every instance of police brutality. We're calling for the repeal of stand your ground."

We reached out to police organizations including the Southern States Police Benevolent Association and the Atlanta Police Union about this state of emergency.

In a statement, the President of the police union said:

Following GBI investigations, prosecutors have found many shootings to be justified.

"We need these strategies to come about to hold DAs and sheriff's accountable in places where injustice has run amok," Rev. Billy Honor with the New Georgia Project said.

Several family members of loved ones involved in police-involved also spoke Wednesday afternoon.

"I miss my husband," Betty Lewis, whose husband was killed in police custody in Screven County, said. "I love my husband and the crying just won't stop."

These civil rights leaders tell us police violence is a crisis and they believe it puts communities in danger.

"In the coming days, there will be proceedings, action, and other things that will be happening around many of the issues that were lifted up today," Honor declared.