Five arrested for domestic terrorism at future site of police training facility
Five arrested for domestic terrorism at ‘Cop City’
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Five people who were arrested on domestic terrorism charges after Tuesday’s raid on the planned location of so-called “Cop City” remains in custody without bond, officials announced on Thursday afternoon.
The future location of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center has been the site of public scrutiny; critics claim the southwest Atlanta location will lead to increased police brutality in the Black communities surrounding the Weelaunee Forest and bring environmental destruction to ancestral lands.
Protesters had occupied the location until several local, state and federal agencies raided the location yesterday. The protesters set up treehouses in the forest since June to block the construction of the multi-million dollar facility. Police cleared out the forest using tear gas and pepper balls. They reportedly found “explosive devices, gasoline, and road [flares]” during a sweep of the area.
“I strongly believe in the right to peacefully protest for what one believes is right and just,” said District Attorney Sherry Boston. “However, I draw the line at violence, destruction of property, and threatening and causing harm to others. My office will always stand up to protect the citizens of DeKalb County. The alleged acts of violence at the training facility site put the public in grave danger, and will not be tolerated.”
Francis Carroll was charged with criminal trespass, domestic terrorism, aggravated assault, felony obstruction, interference with government property, and possession of tools for the commission of the crime.
Nicholas Olsen was charged with domestic terrorism, aggravated assault, interference with government property and obstruction
Serena Hertel was charged with criminal trespass, domestic terrorism, aggravated assault, obstruction, and inciting a riot.
Leonard Vioselle was charged with criminal trespass, domestic terrorism, and possession of tools of the crime
Arieon Robinson was charged with criminal trespass, obstruction, and domestic terrorism.
Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statement on his social media pages in response to the incident.
All five are currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail.
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