Police and far-left agitators clashed at the construction site of Atlanta’s future police training facility Sunday night.
The site, nicknamed “Cop City” by critics, went into lockdown as crews had to extinguish fires in the area.
Molotov cocktails, fireworks, bricks, and rocks were reportedly thrown by the agitators.
The onslaught was reportedly well-coordinated and extremely violent.
“Huge plumes of smoke and massive police response after @defendATLforest/#StopCopCity protesters face off with police at the site of Atlanta’s future Public Safety Training Facility. I’m told Molotov cocktails were thrown. Construction equipment is on fire now. This is on Key Road SE. Police are moving quickly to various areas across the expansive site,” FOX 5 Atlanta photojournalist Billy Heath III tweeted.
CONSTRUCTION SITE BURNS: Huge plumes of smoke and massive police response after @defendATLforest / #StopCopCity protesters face off with police at the site of Atlanta’s future Public Safety Training Facility. I’m told Molotov cocktails were thrown. Construction equipment is on… https://t.co/6dIyrPff6T pic.twitter.com/0F9qj8dgFn
— Billy Heath III (@BillyHeathFOX5) March 5, 2023
Shouldn’t this qualify as domestic terrorism?
You’d think the Department of Justice would investigate these acts of violence.
More Leftist #DomesticTerrorism
cc: @FBI @DHSgov
Maybe take a few agents off the #ThoughtPolice task force & do your damn jobshttps://t.co/CDXpB1UqR8
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) March 6, 2023
FOX 5 reported:
In total, the Atlanta Police Department said 35 “agitators” have been detained. It is unknown what charges they will possibly face.
Officials say around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, dozens of protesters left the nearby South River Music Festival, changed into black clothing, and entered the site of the controversial proposed police training center.
“This was a very violent attack that occurred, this evening very violent attack,” Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said near the scene.
A video released by Atlanta Police shows what appears to be fireworks aimed at officers. In the same video, you can see items including rocks and Molotov cocktails being thrown by protestors in the direction of police, a tipped-over vehicle that later became engulfed in flames, and protestors attempting to set other pieces of construction equipment on fire.
Schierbaum called the incident a “coordinated, criminal attack against officers.”
Police released additional footage of the violent attack:
Breaking: @Atlanta_Police released another camera angle of the #Antifa terror attack southeast of Atlanta. A large mob of @defendATLforest masked extremists ambushed the officers, hurling explosive fireworks & rocks at them. The officers were trying to https://t.co/9pTeUCNlwX… https://t.co/BK10lIMchC pic.twitter.com/MVfeeaiEok
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) March 6, 2023
The Atlanta Police Department released this statement:
On March 5, 2023, a group of violent agitators used the cover of a peaceful protest of the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center to conduct a coordinated attack on construction equipment and police officers. They changed into black clothing and entered the construction area and began to throw large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks at police officers.
The illegal actions of the agitators could have resulted in bodily harm. Officers exercised restraint and used non-lethal enforcement to conduct arrests.
With protests planned for the coming days, the Atlanta Police Department, in collaboration with law enforcement partners, have a multi-layered strategy that includes reaction and arrest.
The Atlanta Police Department asks for this week’s protests to remain peaceful.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said she will introduce a resolution to designate Antifa as a terrorist group.
FOX 5 noted:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said Sunday she will be introducing a resolution declaring Antifa a terrorist group in response to protests in Atlanta that left a police training facility on fire.
“Antifa are domestic terrorists and I’m introducing my resolution to officially declare them a terrorist organization on Tuesday,” the congresswoman wrote in a tweet Sunday night.
The training facility is located in southeast Atlanta on Key Road, where protestors opposing the construction of the facility clashed with police. A Georgia State Trooper told the outlet that a Molotov cocktail was thrown.
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