7 charged with domestic terrorism after deadly shooting near proposed Atlanta police training facility

  

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7 charged with domestic terrorism after deadly shooting near proposed Atlanta police training facility
The seven arrested were all from states other than Georgia.

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Seven people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism following the   fatal shooting   of one person and the shooting of a Georgia state trooper near a   proposed Atlanta police training facility , according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Opponents of the project – a $90 million, 85-acre planned facility dubbed “Cop City” by activists – had been camped out for months in the forest in an attempt to stop construction. When law enforcement began an operation to remove people from the area Wednesday morning, gunfire was exchanged, GBI Director Mike Register said.

Law enforcement and opponents of the project have given differing details on what happened, with Register saying law enforcement personnel “returned fire in self-defense,” after someone “without warning shot a Georgia State Patrol Trooper.”

The individual who fired upon law enforcement and shot the trooper was killed in an exchange of gunfire,” Register said.

In a later news release, the GBI said officers “located a man inside a tent in the woods” at about 9 a.m.

“Officers gave verbal commands to the man who did not comply and shot a Georgia State Patrol Trooper. Other law enforcement officers returned fire, hitting the man. Law enforcement evacuated the Trooper to a safe area,” the updated release said.

Kei Diliza, a resident of nearby Gresham Park who is affiliated with the local movement “Stop Cop City,” told CNN on Wednesday that reports from other members who were near the site conflicted the account that law enforcement gave regarding a protester shooting at them.

Wednesday’s law enforcement operation allegedly began “with numerous armed police shutting down a public road and pointing guns into the park,” “Stop Cop City” said in an emailed statement to CNN.

“Community members have been demanding police end brutal tactics against forest defenders for months. Just on Monday, over one hundred neighbors and organizers gathered at the DeKalb County Courthouse to demand an end to police repression of the movement to stop cop city,” the statement said.

Some 25 campsites were removed from the site during the clearing operation, the agency said in a release. Weapons including “mortar style fireworks, multiple edged weapons, pellet rifles, gas masks, and a blow torch” were recovered.

The seven arrested were all from states other than Georgia.

The proposed facility has been the site of violent incidents in the past.   Five people were arrested   last year and charged with domestic terrorism after activists and protestors clashed over development of the site.

In May, eight protesters were arrested after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at police as authorities tried to remove them from the area, according to   CNN affiliate WSB . And last month, five people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism after police tried to remove barricades at the entrances to the area.

The Atlanta Police Foundation has said the center is needed to help boost morale and recruitment efforts, and previous facilities used by law enforcement are substandard.

The facility will include a shooting range, mock city and burn building.

Some opponents see it as a response to the   2020 protests   sparked by the deaths of Black people while in police custody, while others have concerns about the project’s environmental impact and some say the project, which will cost taxpayers about $30 million, has been a largely secretive development with scarce community input.

In Wednesday’s news conference, Register said that amid nationwide conversations about reforming police forces, building a new center that would “train police officers to be effective in engaging in the community is a great thing for the community.”

The person who died Wednesday has been identified as Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26, according to the GBI.

Activists associated with a group protesting the site said Teran was a “Forest Defender,” working to fight environmental racism. Local justice groups released a joint statement saying Teran, known as Tortuguita and who identifies as nonbinary, was a “sweet, warm, very smart and caring” person.

The man died on scene, according to the release. A handgun and shell casings were recovered from the scene, the GBI said.

The wounded trooper was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment, and according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, was in stable condition Thursday.


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Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
1  seeder  Sean Treacy    one week ago

I guess these left wing domestic terrorists weren't important enough for the FBI to worry about, concerned as they are about people complaining to school boards about men being allowed in girls bathrooms. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
2  seeder  Sean Treacy    one week ago

And the terrorism continued last night. 

What started as a peaceful protest  against the death of a Georgia-based activist  took a violent turn in downtown Atlanta Saturday evening when people began throwing bricks at buildings and setting fire to police vehicles. 

Shooting cops, rioting.. Hope Georgia is smart enough to charge them with local crimes, because this is the sort ot terrorism the Biden DOJ supports and intervenes to help the terrorists. 

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
Professor Silent
2.1  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  Sean Treacy @2    one week ago
Hope Georgia is smart enough to charge them with local crimes,

If they get charged with domestic terrorism , the feds will automatically get involved , if they get charged with inciting a riot and destruction of municipal property under state laws  , there is a chance they will be taking the red clay road to the state pen . 

After that the feds might decide if they wish to press federal charges  while they are in the pen .

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
3  Greg Jones    one week ago

Sounds like some kind of offshoot radical Antifa and BLM terrorists.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
Professor Participates
3.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Greg Jones @3    one week ago
Sounds like some kind of offshoot radical Antifa and BLM terrorists.

It is. Remember Antifa's and BLM's peaceful protests in 2020's Summer of Love?

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
4  Right Down the Center    one week ago

Interesting that the wing nuts that don't want a police training facility don't seem to have a problem owning and using guns.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5  Vic Eldred    one week ago

Law enforcement and opponents of the project have given differing details on what happened, with Register saying law enforcement personnel “returned fire in self-defense,” after someone “without warning shot a Georgia State Patrol Trooper.”

Ahh, yes, that's the difference between a justified shooting in self defense and gunning down an unarmed woman. Here are the truly violent threats to American society.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
6  Vic Eldred    one week ago

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
6.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Vic Eldred @6    one week ago

Hmmm, was that Stacey Abrams in the video looking for money she owes and trying to get some for her next attempt?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
6.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Right Down the Center @6.1    one week ago

The ultimate election denier, she always finds donors, though I think she has just about uncovered every democrat who hasn't registered to vote in the state of Georgia.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
7  Ed-NavDoc    one week ago

If one is going to take a shot at a police officer, they should not be surprised when the police shoot back like that moron did with fatal results.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Sophomore Principal
8  Drinker of the Wry    one week ago
Teran was a “Forest Defender,” working to fight environmental racism. 

Exactly, Georgia discriminant's against Longleaf Pine.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
9  sandy-2021492    one week ago

Locking until the source is properly cited.  This is not the poster's original work, and there is no link to the source article.

 
 

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