Police said six arrests were made and explosives were found. The protesters dubbed the facility “Police City”.
ATLANTA — A protest against the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center escalated into downtown violence Saturday night after the death of a demonstrator who was killed by authorities this week after officials said a 26-year-old man shot the state. soldier.
Masked activists dressed all in black threw rocks and lit fireworks in front of the skyscraper that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation, breaking large glass windows near Peachtree Street and Andrew Young Boulevard.
Just after 6 p.m., police said they had set a police car on fire, smashed several more windows and defiled the walls with anti-police graffiti, which is usually filled with tourists. The protesters named the training center “Police City”.
Shortly before 19:00, the police reported that “order in the city center has been restored.”
21:10 | Photos show damage to police vehicles and businesses after the protests turned violent.
20:53 | Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said explosive devices were found on several protesters and noted that one of the devices contributed to the Atlanta police vehicle being completely engulfed in flames. At least six people were arrested during today’s violent protests. According to him, three enterprises suffered.
20:45 | The mayor and police chief battle violence in downtown Atlanta. Review it here:
20:05 | Photos from the Wells Fargo center show broken windows and a damaged ATM.
20:00 | MARTA service has resumed at the Peachtree Center station.
19:55 | Governor Kemp tweeted about today’s events, stating “destruction of property is not an act of protest” and thanked those involved in public safety to keep “the streets safe tonight.”
19:45 | Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum will speak at today’s 8:30 pm protests. They said there were “several” arrests. You can watch the press conference in this story, on the 11Alive YouTube channel and on 11Alive+ on Roku or FireTV.
19:27 | The Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department said they were sent to Andrew Young International Boulevard at Peachtree Center Avenue, N.E. just after 6 p.m. to a burning Atlanta police patrol car. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze and reported that there were no injuries.
18:50 | Video of the burning police car was posted by 11Alive viewer Alexander Gonzalez.
18:47 | The Atlanta Police Department released the following statement about today’s protests, saying they have everything under control for the time being.
“Atlanta Police responded as the group damaged property at multiple locations along Peachtree Street. Several arrests have now been made and order in the city center has been restored. This is still an active and ongoing investigation and we will not be able to provide details on the number of arrests or property damaged at this time.”
18:45 | Statement by Gov. Kemp spokesman Andrew Eisenhur on the situation in downtown Atlanta:
“The Governor is well aware of the situation through regular updates from state law enforcement and is actively monitoring the situation. The State Patrol is well equipped to respond to any threat to public safety and coordinates closely with other government agencies and local police.
As long as the state continues to respect peaceful protest, acts of violence against persons or property are unacceptable. Persons who have committed such unlawful acts will be arrested and prosecuted.”
18:39 | Ellis Street to the northwest and Peachtree Street to the northeast are closed.
18:15 | APD released the following statement:
“The Atlanta Police Department is aware of these developments and we will continue to monitor them. We are ready to respond to demonstrations to ensure the safety of our communities and those exercising their First Amendment right, or to combat illegal activity as the need arises.”
18:10 | MARTA has terminated service to the Peachtree Center station.
18:05 | An Atlanta Police cruiser is on fire near the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta, near Andrew Young International Boulevard and Northeast Avenue Peachtree Center.
17:58 | Don White says the protesters have started marching.
17:11 | Dawn White of 11Alive participated in the first protest, where about 100 people gathered and started chanting “Stop Police City”.
17:00 | 11Alive’s Dawn White is located in the center of the city, where about 100 demonstrators have gathered.
Background of “Police City”
There have been several clashes between protesters and police or other city employees in recent months over the future of the City of Atlanta Public Safety Center, which was approved by the city council in 2021. The Atlanta Police Foundation will build the 85-acre center for $90. millionth object under a lease agreement with the city. The foundation says it will keep 180 additional acres of land for green space.
Protesters opposed the site on environmental and historical grounds, saying it would destroy one of the largest remaining forest areas in the city and desecrate the historically Native American land of the Muscogee Creek people, who once lived in the forest and called it Vilouni Forest. before being displaced by white settlers in the early 19th century.
They also oppose it on the grounds that the land was once home to the Old Prison Farm, a prison complex that, during its operation in the mid-20th century, was billed as an “Honor Farm” where prisoners farmed the land as a “decent place “. “means of incarceration, a practice that has since been scrutinized for profit and exploitation of unpaid labour.
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To learn more about the police training center, the wounded soldier and previous arrests, click here.