In May of 2022, a group of anit-police protestors in Georgia faced charges after they threw objects at police including a Molotov cocktail.
The activists were claiming space in an attempt to stop the Atlanta Police department from building a new 85 acre training center.
The group blocked roads and harassed construction workers to the point that police had to accompany them for their own safety. In May of 2022, when police were escorting workers rocks were being thrown at them and then this happened:
After that, the “protestors” built tree houses to claim that they were now residents of the property.
That’s when things worsened; as the group remain, crime skyrocketed in the area. It got so bad that a task force was created to stop the string of crimes occurring in the area.
Recently, a man had stopped near the area to sift through what he thought was abandoned junk and was attacked by the group. The “protestors” burned his truck, forcing him to flee the area.
On the same day two home in the area that were under construction were also torched:
From Fox 5:
A fire burned down two homes in a subdivision still under development in DeKalb County last Saturday night. Authorities said it happened along Bouldercrest Road, not far from a controversial training center planned for first responders that critics call “cop city.”
The blaze broke out just hours after another fire about a mile up the street. How the fire ignited, authorities said, remains mystery…
One resident, David Ray, told FOX 5 he wasn’t around when he found out his property was going up in flames…
“We’re trying to build a new community and enhance DeKalb County and unincorporated Atlanta in that area,” he said. “The houses are completely gone.”
In early December, firefighters were pelted with rocks and bottles when they responded to a dumpster fire:
DeKalb Police Department responded to reports of a dumpster fire on Key Road around 10:32 a.m. on Saturday, assisting Atlanta Police Department.
The department said that when they arrived at the scene, DeKalb Fire said they were having issues putting out the fire because protesters were throwing objects at them. So for the safety of the firefighters, police units from both departments assisted in evacuating the area.
The community was fed up and on December 13, 2022 the task force raided the area. Upon arrival they were attacked by the inhabitants.
When all was said and done five people were arrested on domestic terrorism charges.
A press release from the Georgia Bureau of Instigation said:
Five people have been arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and other charges after a joint operation at the site of the future Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. The GBI is part of a joint task force formed to combat ongoing criminal activity at the Atlanta Police Department (APD) site. Yesterday, December 13, 2022, our agents assisted APD and other local, state, and task force members in an operation to remove barricades blocking some of the entrances to the training center…
…several people threw rocks at police cars and attacked EMT’s outside the neighboring fire stations with rocks and bottles. Task force members used various tactics to arrest individuals who were occupying makeshift treehouses.
The following people have been arrested and taken to the DeKalb County Jail:
Francis Carroll, age 22, of Maine
Criminal Trespass, Domestic Terrorism, Aggravated Assault, Felony Obstruction, Interference with Government Property, Possession of Tools for the Commission of the Crime
Nicholas Olson, age 25, of Nebraska
Domestic Terrorism, Aggravated Assault, Interference with Government Property, Obstruction
Serena Hertel, age 25, of California
Criminal Trespass, Domestic Terrorism, Aggravated Assault, Obstruction, Inciting a Riot
Leonardo Vioselle, age 20, of Macon, GA
Criminal Trespass, Domestic Terrorism, Possession for Tools of the Crime
Arieon Robinson, age 22, of Wisconsin
Criminal Trespass, Obstruction, Domestic Terrorism
After police cleared the area of concern, which included makeshift treehouses, they found explosive devices, gasoline, and road flares.