Atlanta BLM 'Autonomous Zone' Is Run by Gang Linked to Murder of 8-Year-Old Girl
Police say the Black Lives Matter protest zone is controlled by the Bloods criminal gang
The Black Lives Matter "autonomous zone" in Atlanta, Georgia is being run by a violent street gang that's linked to the shooting murder of an 8-year-old girl, according to state police.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirmed that the so-called "protest zone," at the site where Rayshard Brooks was killed, is controlled by the Bloods criminal street gang.
The "police-free" zone was established in the parking lot of a Wendy's by BLM rioters after a black man was shot and killed by law enforcement during an attempted DUI arrest in June 2020.
That restaurant was destroyed by arson during protests and rioting in the area.
The GBI says that Brooks was a member of the Bloods gang and that they took over part of the city where he was killed to set up a region where they rule by violence and intimidation.
"Prior investigation determined that Brooks was a member/associate of the Bloods criminal street gang," said the GBI in their warrant filed last week.
The GBI went on to document how 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed as she sat in a car outside of a liquor store near the autonomous zone on the evening of July 4.
Rioters shot at the car after the driver tried to leave the area and Turner was hit.
19-year-old Julian Conley and 23-year-old Jerrion McKinney were arrested by the GBI as suspects in the Turner murder.
When WGCL-TV pressed the mayor's office about the autonomous zone in June 2020, a spokesperson said only that they would look into it.
Although the mayor said that the city took action against the protest encampment, rioters returned very soon after.
The mayor's office told Fox News they did not know about the gang being involved with the autonomous zone.
"Neither the Administration nor APD had prior knowledge of alleged gang affiliation," said a spokesperson.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further as this is an ongoing investigation and legal matter."
Brooks's family said they had no knowledge of him being involved in a gang.