Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts at June 17, 2020 press conference on police interaction with five Jonesboro teenagers on a report that they were playing with a gun. At least one of the teens later told the officer they had thrown a BB gun in some nearby bushes. Community members shooting cellphone video of the police encounter protested the fact that the responding officer initially had pointed a gun at the teens. Roberts said the officer followed procedure and had no way of knowing whether the teens were armed before another officer arrived to search them. Roberts had met with community members the day before. The group issued several demands and held a demonstration one hour after the press conference.


The audio has been edited only to cut off the first few seconds of background noise at beginning and end and to make Roberts’ voice easier to hear.