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Six people arrested and explosives were found on “Stop Cop City” protesters in Downtown Atlanta

A building that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation was attacked with rocks and fireworks, according to reports.

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The Atlanta, Georgia police stated they detained six people after a peaceful protest over a proposed police training ground became violent on Saturday night.

The Atlanta Police Foundation’s enormous glass windows were reportedly broken by protestors wearing all-black clothing and masks who flung rocks and lighted fireworks in front of the structure on Peachtree Street and Andrew Young Boulevard.

When the protestors reached downtown, they “began doing illegal behaviours, which included the breaking of windows and also attacking police cruisers that were in the neighbourhood,” according to Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum. The protestors were opposed to a new police training facility.

According to Schierbaum, police immediately put an end to the violence, and neither people nor law enforcement personnel were hurt.

However, he claimed that three businesses had suffered damage.

Some of the protesters tonight, according to Mayor Andre Dickens, came from beyond the area.

“Many of them don’t even reside in Atlanta or in the state of Georgia, and they don’t reflect the voices of Atlanta,” he claimed, adding that some of the protestors were equipped with explosives. He also said that many of the protestors did not represent the opinions of Atlanta.

Dickens said that it was true that a police car had been set on fire.

On Twitter, governor Brian Kemp condemned the violent crimes.

Violence and unlawful destruction of property are not acts of protest. They are crimes that will not be tolerated in Georgia and will be prosecuted fully.


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