First Slice 1-22-16: Atlanta Police body cam program put on hold

Don’t expect to see body cams on officers anytime in the foreseeable future.

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Atlanta Police aren’t getting those body cams so soon after all. A court ruling has put the program on hold for the foreseeable future, as the city is embroiled in a lawsuit with a Decatur-based camera manufacturer who claims the bidding process for the contract was “fatally flawed.” The proceedings could take months, with the possibility of counter-suits as well.

Ryan Gravel, the renowned urban planner and mastermind of the Atlanta Beltline, has joined Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration to lead the Atlanta City Design Project. According to the press release, the project “will envision what Atlanta should look like decades from now, as well as guide future decisions on the growth and development of the city.”

Speaking of development, Invest Atlanta has agreed to drop $10 million to go toward a new mixed-use project across from City Hall. The money will help finance a building the city purchased last month and has planned to convert to apartments (including some affordable housing units), retail, and parking.

ICYMI: DeKalb Police Officer Robert Olsen was indicted on six charges in the killing of U.S. veteran Anthony Hill.

Our solar system may be back up to nine planets again. Here’s one theory on the new discovery. Here’s another.

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