A police car is set on fire as a protest against the killing of activists in Atlanta turns violent. Photo/Reuters
ATLANTA – Protest action of Atlanta, United States of America (US) changed to unrest as demonstrators set fire to a police car and smashed the building’s windows.
Demonstrators gathered to protest the killing of an activist by law enforcement last Wednesday. It happened during a raid to clear the construction site of a public safety training facility that activists derided as “Police Town”.
“The demonstration initially went peacefully but then suddenly turned into a riot with some protesters throwing fireworks and rocks and smashing windows of the building with hammers,” a witness told Reuters on Sunday (22/1/2023).
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As the police moved toward the demonstration, the rioting quickly died down without anyone being hurt. A Reuters photographer saw a protester carrying a banner being handcuffed by law enforcement.
The demonstrators were protesting an incident that occurred last Wednesday, when Manuel Teran, 26, was in a tent and disobeyed officers’ “verbal orders” while law enforcement cleared Weelaunee People’s Park. Several activists have camped there since last year to protest the facility.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Teran shot a state trooper and was shot dead by officers who returned fire.
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On Friday, the GBI released a photo of the gun that police said Teran had at the time of the shooting.
Opponents of the $90 million south Atlanta project, to be built by the Atlanta Police Foundation, say the development will damage hundreds of acres of forest and be devastating to the environment.
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