Atlanta Cops have shared new footage from the air that they believe is worth sharing. shows Numerous other options are available. protesters Sneaking in to the location of the futur police training facility just moments before they allegedly launched hell.
According to authorities, the large group was described as “violent agitators,” We were caught on a police helicopter’s heat-sensitive camera flooding into the under-construction Atlanta Public Safety Training Center — dubbed “Cop City” — on Sunday.
Moments later, the video — which was released late Monday — shows The throngs of protesters Setting fire to equipment for construction in an area that police have declared a crime scene “coordinated attack.”
It protesters They were also seen throwing Molotov cocktails and fireworks at responding officers.
Minimum 23 were charged with domestic terrorist offenses on Monday. Online jail records show that they were still being held as of Tuesday.
The group was accused by police of using the “cover of a peaceful protest” The proposed training center will cause havoc.
“They changed into black clothing, entered the construction area, and began to throw large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks at police officers,” cops said.
“The agitators destroyed multiple pieces of construction equipment by fire and vandalism.”
Among those arrested over the ordeal is 28-year-old Thomas Webb Jurgens — an Atlanta-based attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
SPLC said late Monday in a statement that the SPLC’s staff attorney was acting as an advocate. “legal observer” When he was taken into custody.
“An employee at the SPLC was arrested while acting — and identifying — as a legal observer on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG),” The statement was as follows:
“The employee is an experienced legal observer, and their arrest is not evidence of any crime, but of heavy-handed law enforcement intervention against protesters.”
The majority of those nabbed hail from other parts of the US — and as far as France and Canada, according to police.
There have been clashes at the training facility location between left-leaning police officers protesters ever since it was approved by the Atlanta City Council in 2021.
Environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, 26, was shot dead by cops during a raid at a protest camp there back in January.