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Atlanta Mayor Bottoms appoints Use of Force Advisory Council

ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the appointment of members to her Use of Force Advisory Council, which was created through an Administrative Order issued last week.

“The gravity of this Advisory Council’s actions and recommendations—and their potential to fundamentally transform the relationship between law enforcement officials and those they serve—cannot be understated,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Thank you to every member for their partnership and commitment to bettering the Atlanta community. With peoples’ very lives at stake, I look forward to their recommendations and assistance in implementing needed reforms to the City’s Use of Force policies.”

Mayor Bottoms issued an Administrative Order to convene an Advisory Council comprised of community members and partners to examine the City’s use of force policies and procedures. The Advisory Council will make recommendations for operational or legislative changes to the City’s existing use of force policies.

The Use of Force Advisory Council will be co-chaired Tiffany Roberts, Community Engagement & Movement Building Counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights; Jonathan Rapping, Professor of Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise; and Tharon Johnson, Founder and CEO of Paramount Consulting.

Additional members of the Advisory Council are as follows:

Rafiq Ahmad, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (Georgia Chapter)

Rev. Kenney Alexander, Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church North

Shar Bates, Radio / TV personality, My Vote is Hip Hop

Maya Beatty, Youth and resident

Nelson Boyce, Industry Director, Travel, Google

J. Cannon Carr, Chief Investment Officer, and Portfolio Manager CornerCap Institutional

Mawuli Davis, Founding Partner, Davis Bozeman Law Firm

Johnathan Davis, Executive Director, Covenant Community

Marissa Dodson, Southern Center for Human Rights

Miguel Dominguez, Criminal Justice Progressive Agenda Working Group / Morgan and Morgan

Juaun Durbin, Youth Organizer and Morehouse College Alumnus

Michelle Falconer, Owner, Bailey and Hunter, LLC

Maya Hadley, Youth and resident

Jestin Johnson, City of Atlanta Deputy COO

Alvin Kendall, Founder, Kendall Law Group

Yonasda Lonewolf, Hip Hop 4 Foundation

Bryant Marks, Professor of Psychology, Morehouse College

Toni Michelle Williams, Director, Solutions Not Punishment Collaboration (SnapCo)

Suzie Ockleberry, Assistant Vice President, Attorney, AT&T

Rashad Richey, Radio personality

The Honorable Joyce Sheperd, Atlanta City Council

Brian Spears, Attorney, G. Brian Spears, P.C.

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