Friday afternoon, Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore released a statement expressing disappointment with the verdict handed down in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. In her statement, Moore expressed sorrow for the victims. Moore said, “Justice has not been served, it has been denied.” However, Moore removed her statement from her social media channels due to the ferocious and personal arguments in the comments. Today, Moore released the following statement, from her speech, clarifying her actions:

I am so happy to be here with all of you. Thank you for being here today.

Before I begin, I want to share something very important with you and everyone tuning in right now. 

Like many Americans, especially people of color, I felt the sting of injustice for Joseph Rosenbaun, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz.

These 3 human souls and their families deserve better than what we witnessed 

In response, last night I posted a public comment on Facebook. I’m  going to tell you right now, why I took it down, because as everyone who knows me and who has followed my TWO DECADES of PUBLIC SERVICE knows:

I have nothing to hide. I never have. 

I removed the post after seeing how people were attacking EACH OTHER in the comments. As a leader, I seek to UNITE and I do not want a space I create to be used as a tool for people to attack one another.  

In all of this we must not forget that two lives were lost and a third forever changed. We must be better.  

As an ELECTED OFFICIAL in the HOME of the CIVIL RIGHTS  movement, I AM COMMITTED to PURSING  JUSTICE and TO BUILDING A UNITED ATLANTA.  

Living and serving in this city means I have a responsibility to create safe spaces and build a BELOVED COMMUNITY that affirms and supports itself.

Today, with hope that cooler heads had prevailed, I reposted my original post along with the statement I’m sharing with you now. 

That’s why I’m running for Mayor Of this great city.

To unify us.

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore prepares for a Georgia Press Club debate at the GPB Studios on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

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