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City: Too many requests for convenience stores BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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The Davis Academy was one of many local schools partipating in the week-long “Hour of Code” program, designed to encourage students to learn computer code. Zoe Nowak, in foreground, and Caylee Arron await instructions. Read related story in the Education Guide beginning on page 9.

Citing a desire to meet the city’s outlined vision for development of Roswell Road and the City Center area, the Sandy Springs City Council on Jan. 6 enacted a 120-day moratorium on applications for new convenience stores. The vote halts land use petitions and development permit applications for any convenience store on any parcel in Sandy Springs. That action allows city staff to study “where we believe [convenience stores] would be appropriately located, and ensures that our zoning ordinance and development regulations are in sync with what we are trying to achieve in our Comprehensive Plan . . . as well as with the City Center Master Plan,” Community Development Director Angela Parker told the council. The moratorium does not affect any applications that were submitted before the Jan. 6 vote. The moratorium resolution defines convenience stores as establishments that offer SEE CITY, PAGE 5

Privacy issues keep city police from wearing on-body cameras BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Some police officers’ dashboard cameras start recording when the blue lights begin flashing. Soon, additional cameras may begin recording interactions between police officers and residents in Atlanta and Dunwoody. In about three months, local police officials say, officers in those two local communities will start wearing cameras mounted on their uniforms. Brookhaven police also are looking into using body cameras and say they are

currently testing different models. And a state lawmaker has introduced proposed legislation requiring all police officers to wear the cameras. The national controversy arising from police-involved deaths in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City have left both police officers and their critics calling for more objective evidence of behavior during confrontations between officers and residents. Body-mounted cameras

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have been promoted as one possible solution. Atlanta’s Deputy Chief C.J. Davis said the on-body cameras, which are expected to cost millions of dollars for equipment and storage, are worth the expense. Both officers and citizens behave better when they know someone is watching. “People have a tendency to alter their behavior in a positive way when they know they’re being recorded,” Davis said. But not every local agency agrees with the use of cameras mounted on officers. Sandy Springs says no to onSEE SOME LOCAL, PAGE 26

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