Georgia State Removes Tents, Property From Georgia State Stadium Site
ATLANTA–In response to complaints from the community, Georgia State University police today (June 2) removed tents and property from in front of the Georgia State Stadium on Hank Aaron Drive.
“It became apparent that community tolerance for the abandoned tents and debris was waning,” Georgia State Police Chief Joseph Spillane said. “We allowed the group to keep the tents up for more than two months, but the time has come for the university to clean up the property and move forward.”
Spillane noted the tent set-up required the university to use its resources to ensure the safety of protesters and the public.
University Police and Facilities Services allowed tent owners to move their property to the street and will store the rest of the abandoned tents and property until their owners claim them.
Some members of the surrounding neighborhoods urged the university to remove the tents, which they said were an eyesore and traffic, health and safety hazards that detract from the community.
University leaders are continuing to meet with representatives from the neighborhoods to talk about the university’s community involvement. In April, Georgia State reached a partnership agreement that defined a long-term plan for the university’s engagement with area residents.