Killer Mike, T.I., and Bernice King joined together for a press conference where they pleaded with the citizens of Atlanta not to destroy the city in protest.
As former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's mugshot circulates online following his arrest, George Floyd protests rage on across the United States. Atlanta is one of the latest cities to erupt in civil unrest, and the CNN building has become a target considering there is reportedly a police precinct inside. According to a report made by the New York Post, protestors chanted for police to quit their jobs while destroying patrol cars and setting items ablaze, and as community leaders in Atlanta and beyond, Killer Mike, T.I., and Bernice King have asked for irate citizens not to burn down their beloved town.
"What you're seeing live on CNN is vandalism in the lobby of CNN Center in Atlanta," tweeted Brian Stelter, a CNN correspondent regarding the mayhem. "So disturbing to see. FYI: Our control rooms and newsroom employees are several floors and locked doors away. The coverage continues, no matter what."
At a press conference, Killer Mike gave a tearful plea as he spoke directly to his fellow Atlanta residents. "We have to be better than burning down our own homes because if we lose Atlanta, what else we got?” he asked. "It is your duty to not burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization." Watch the various clips below.