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Dekalb protesters critical of police, dub recent tactics 'Operation Ghetto Storm'

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Bold accusations echoed through the crowd at a protest in DeKalb County on Friday.

Those comments were aimed at DeKalb Police accusing them of what the crowd dubbed “Operation Getto Storm”.

Protesters said that there have been too many of these rallies at the courthouse steps and that it’s time to show the police and local officials that “Black Lives Matter” is more than a hashtag on Twitter.

They say it’s a mandate – with consequences.

Activists of Troy Robinson’s death said it was part of what they call “Operation Ghetto Storm” - the militarization of police – officers they say are targeting blacks with the intent to harass and kill.

Robinson was tased while climbing over a wall as he ran away from police.  He died from injuries he sustained after falling to the ground.

Meanwhile, the rallies are escalating and energy and tenor.

Many at Friday night’s protest believe that fear of the police in black communities has become its own form of post-traumatic stress disorder with epidemic proportions.

The family’s attorney said Robinson had the right to run from police and did not commit any crime when he was tased and died.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting its investigation into the tasing.

But the group Friday said more needs to be done, chiding Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander for being a national expert on police shootings but not dealing with the ones in his own backyard.


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