Atlanta protest against shooting death of activist briefly turns violent
On Wednesday, the marchers gathered to protest the killing of an activist by law enforcement during a raid to clear the construction site of a public safety training facility that the activists derided with -nickname of “Cop City”.
The demonstration began peacefully, then suddenly escalated with some protesters throwing fireworks and rocks and smashing building windows with hammers, according to a Reuters witness.
As the police moved in on the marchers, the violence quickly subsided with no one injured. A Reuters photographer saw a protester carrying a banner being handcuffed by law enforcement.
The demonstrators were protesting for an incident that happened on Wednesday, when Manuel Teran, aged 26, was inside a tent and did not comply with the “verbal commands” of the officers as the law enforcement gathered the Weelaunee People’s Park. Some activists had been camping there since last year to protest against the facility.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Teran shot at a state trooper and was killed by officers who returned fire.
On Friday, GBI released a photo police say was in Teran’s possession at the time of the shooting.
Opponents of the $90 million project in south Atlanta, to be built by the Atlanta Police Foundation, say its construction would lead to the destruction of hundreds of acres of forest and it does great damage to the environment.
(Reporting by Cheney Orr in Atlanta, writing by Maria Caspani, Editing by David Gregorio)
By Cheney Orr