The crowd got out of control and the movie ended early.
Atlanta Police said Friday that they would work with sponsors of Screen on the Green to ensure adequate security is available after Thursday night’s event at Piedmont Park ended with a large fight in the crowd. At a late-morning press conference, interim Police Chief George Turner said that any time there is a permitted event in the city, it is up to the sponsors of the event to arrange security, “which does include off-duty Atlanta police officers.” But he said that in the future, there will be some changes.
Turner said he could not confirm reports of gunfire at the event but that police are investigating. Approximately 10,000 people attended the Piedmont Park event, with 23 off-duty officers providing security.
Turner said it started with girls fighting, followed by a group of boys fighting , organizers stopped the movie and off-duty officers, “dumped” the park. Turner said one person has been arrested.
Next weeks movie has been postponed for another week to make sure all is in place for some great family fun. Will you return?