The Latest: NAACP criticizes civil rights icon Andrew Young

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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 10:58 AM
The Latest: NAACP criticizes civil rights icon Andrew Young

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Atlanta protests over police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota:

11 a.m.

The Georgia NAACP is criticizing civil rights icon and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young for describing some protesters as "unlovable little brats."

Young made the comments while meeting with Atlanta police officers at a police station over the weekend. He thanked officers for their efforts during recent Atlanta demonstrations after black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.

In a news release late Monday, the Georgia NAACP said Young should use his clout to demand changes in police practices in the U.S. or "go quickly and quietly into a well-deserved retirement."

The Atlanta Police Department posted a video of Young's entire 67-minute meeting with the officers on its Facebook page. In the video, Young praises the Atlanta officers and says the demonstrators need to thank them as well.

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2 a.m.

Most of the hundreds of people who gathered for a sit-in outside the Georgia governor's mansion have departed the scene.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/29Khyia ) Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner appeared at the sit-in Monday night, where they spoke privately with protest leaders. Then most of the crowd headed home.

Turner told protesters earlier they could not stay there all night.

It was the fifth night in a row of protests in Atlanta. About 15,000 attended various protests over the weekend.