Friday, June 4, 2010

Violence halts Screen on the Green

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 1:12 PM

From the AJC's What The Hell Is Wrong With Some People Department:

Thursday night's "Screen on the Green" movie at Piedmont Park ended early after a large fight broke out in the crowd and was followed by gunshots, according to audience members who lit up Twitter after the event.

Notably, two witnesses interviewed by the AJC complain there were no police near by.

As Thomas Wheatley might say if he were writing this post, this is why we can't have nice things, Atlanta.

UPDATE, 11:31 a.m.: Peachtree TV, the event's sponsor, released this statement to the AJC:

"Thursday night’s Screen on the Green event in Piedmont Park was ended early due to safety concerns. Event sponsor Peachtree TV – in consultation with the Atlanta Police Department, private security and the company that operates the event – stopped the movie 20 minutes early and worked with the Piedmont Park Conservancy and APD to safely vacate the area. Last night’s events are currently under review by APD, Peachtree TV, the City of Atlanta Parks Department and the Conservancy."

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