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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the retirement of Chief George Turner and selection of Deputy Chief Erika Shields as the next Atlanta police chief.
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Mayor Kasim Reed has announced Deputy Chief Erika Shields will be the second woman in the city’s history to lead the Atlanta Police Department.

In 1994, Beverly Harvard was named the first black woman in the position. Shields said at a press conference Thursday, "not to slight other cities," but Atlanta has always had a higher standard.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Organizers with the Black Lives Matter movement are scheduled to meet with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Monday at City Hall.

Reed and city Police Chief George Turner promised a meeting with protesters last week after hundreds demonstrated outside the Governor's Mansion.

Tiffany Smith says she's part of the group crafting a strategy ahead of that meeting, but she didn't give specifics.

"I'll be as transparent as I can be," Smith said. "I want to say there's a very strategic and focused effort to really consolidate and understand the needs of Atlanta."

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Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner is heading to Washington to testify before Congress about homeland security funding.

The Police Department says Turner will appear before a House subcommittee on homeland security preparedness, response and communications on Tuesday morning.

Speaking on behalf of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Turner will discuss proposed reductions to homeland security grants contained in the Obama administration's budget.