News Briefs: No charges in Downtown death; Lyft e-scooters exit Nov. 23; ticket diversion class

No charges will be filed in the death of Deionte Davis, 23, who was killed on Oct. 27 in an altercation with a security guard at a Downtown apartment complex near the Georgia State University campus. This decision comes after Atlanta Police Homicide investigators sought an arrest warrant from a Fulton County Magistrate judge for a charge of involuntary manslaughter for Ian Mizer, the security guard who struggled with Davis prior to his death. The judge declined to issue the warrants. Investigators also consulted with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, which declined to pursue criminal charges against Mizer. As a result, investigators are working to close the case with no charges being filed. In his statement to police, Mizer said Davis was attacking people and tried to punch him. Davis died from injuries to his chest. The security guard is no longer employed at the apartment building.

Lyft will pull its electric scooter from the streets of Atlanta on Nov. 23, according to a report at CNN. “We’re choosing to focus on the markets where we can have the biggest impact. We’re continuing to invest in growing our bike and scooter business but will shift resources away from smaller markets and toward bigger opportunities,” the company said in its statement. E-scooters will also be pulled from Nashville, San Antonio and Columbus, OH.

District 1 Councilmember Carla Smith will join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Office of the City Solicitor Thursday, Nov. 21 for the first ticket diversion class being offered to drivers who have been fined for bicycle lane violations. In March, the Atlanta City Council adopted legislation introduced by Smith that established fines for the improper use of bicycle lanes. Drivers who park, stop or drive in a bicycle lane are now fined $100, while vehicles operated separately or in combination with any trailer or semitrailer that has either two axles with six or more tires or three or more axles face a $1,000 fine. As part of her legislation, Smith established the diversion class to properly educate the public about bicycle safety and traffic laws. The two-hour ticket diversion class will be offered Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Committee Room 2 on the second floor of Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW. The class will be taught by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition without cost to the city thanks to a grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Participants who successfully complete the first two-hour class will be given a certificate that serves as documentation to absolve their fine. For more information and to register for an upcoming class, visit https://www.atlantabike.org/ticket_diversion.

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