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Group protests Stone Mountain Confederate Flag

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A group gathered at Stone Mountain on Saturday to protest the public display of Confederate flags there.

"Public park, public place – these flags should be erased," one protester said.

Members of the African American Equality Committee (AAEC) changed and held signs calling for the Confederate Flag to come down like it did at the State House in South Carolina.

"We don't think that the Confederate Flag should be open for the public because it's causing so much pain after the killings in Charleston, S.C.," AAEC's Stevenson Hudson, Jr. said.

The group said it should be moved to the Confederate Hall at Stone Mountain instead of flying next to the American flag.

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DeKalb Co. police officer shot; suspect killed


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County police officer is in serious condition after being shot several times early Sunday.

According to police, the incident happened at the Marquis Pointe apartment complex in Stone Mountain. Around 2 a.m., police received multiple calls that a man was firing a gun in the complex. When officers arrived, the suspect was gone.

Around 3:30 a.m., police received a call that a man was knocking on a woman's door.

When two officers responded, they said the man began firing. One officer was struck several times. He returned fire, killing the suspect.

GBI releases new info on man who died after police altercation

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released new details regarding an officer-involved altercation that ended with one man dead.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, officers were called to a home on Rock Place Drive in unincorporated Stone Mountain around 4 a.m.

The caller said that a man - later identified as George Mann - was irate and possibly armed while locked in his garage.

An altercation ensued when five officers went to make contact with the man, according to police.

The GBI said that police stunned the man with a taser when he resisted officers.

The man went unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Eastside Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A gun and suspected methamphetamine were found in the garage.

A specific cause of death has not been released.

Stone Mountain PD steps up security after flag theft


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Authorities said someone stole the Confederate Flag from Stone Mountain early Friday amid ongoing tensions surrounding the controversial banner.

The flag has since been replaced, but the theft caught Stone Mountain police off guard.

11Alive spoke with officials on Friday to get a closer look at how that's changing security at the popular park.

There are several iterations of the Confederate Flag at Stone Mountain. But sometime early Friday morning it was the battle flag that went missing from its staff.

Stone Mtn boycott backer: Backlash ugly, enlightening

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- When she called for a boycott of Stone Mountain Park, Georgia State Rep. LaDawn Jones (D-Atlanta) says she knew she might face a backlash.

And she says she got it. Rep. Jones wants the state-owned Stone Mountain Park to remove its displays of Confederate battle flags. She says she has gotten an abundance of email in the last few days.

One suggested she should be grateful for slavery.

"You owe your very existence to those dark times," a critic wrote to the African American lawmaker.

A writer also suggested that a physical conflict could result. "Rest assured you will be met at the gates of Stone Mountain by my Southern brothers and myself on the day that you come to take the flags down."

But Rep. Jones says the Confederate flag backlash has also opened her eyes.

Lithonia police officer, child killed in accident

LITHONIA, Ga. -- An off-duty Lithonia police officer and a baby were killed in an early morning accident on Sunday.


The two-vehicle accident happened on Rock Chapel Road near Kimberly Lynn Drive in DeKalb County.

The baby, Melony Flood, was just 1 month old. The police officer, Jamell Dent, was days away from his 27th birthday.

Friends and family placed flowers and a teddy bear at the scene next to the tattered debris from the tragic wreck.

Lithonia wreck leaves three dead


LITHONIA, Ga. -- A driver has been charged in a violent Sunday morning car wreck that killed three people.

It happened at around 7 a.m. the intersection of Lithonia Industrial Boulevard and Marbut Road.

Witnesses said a white Mercedes ML350 SUV sped through the intersection on a red light, slamming into a maroon Nissan Maxima and sending both vehicles in different directions.