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City of Atlanta Renames the Future Boone West Park in Honor of the Late Kathryn Johnston

Post Date:08/22/2018 5:19 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Suite 2551
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

CONTACT:
Dexter M. Chambers
Atlanta City Council Communications Director
Office: (404) 330-6309
Cell: (404) 392-0159
dchambers@atlantaga.gov

 

City of Atlanta Renames the Future Boone West Park in Honor of the Late Kathryn Johnston

 

WHO:              Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr.
                         The Department of Parks and Recreation
                         English Avenue/Vine City Community Leaders

WHAT:            Groundbreaking ceremony on the new Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park

WHEN:            10–11 a.m.

WHERE:         870 Proctor Street, N.W.

BACKGROUND: On Monday, August 20, the Atlanta City Council voted to rename the planned Boone West Park to Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park.

The planned park is close to the home where Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old, was shot and killed by undercover police.

The legacy of this tragedy resulted in a significant response by the City, including the repeal of the Disorderly Contact 6, or “DC-6,” law, which allowed for the arrest of any citizen without probable cause; establishment of the Atlanta Citizens Review Board (ACRB); establishment of a new narcotics unit in the Atlanta Police Department; and establishment of new protocols for the issuance of warrants, especially no-knock warrants, to the Atlanta Police Department.

“The city has come a long way to insure tragedies like these never happen again,” said District 3 Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr., the sponsor of the legislation honoring Ms. Johnston, “and we believe that this beloved resident’s sacrifice, once memorialized, will serve as a constant reminder of the ongoing efforts to insure we not only remember, but continue to educate to prevent future tragedies.”

 

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