23 charged with domestic terrorism after violent night at Atlanta public safety training center site

The Atlanta Police Department announced the arrests of 23 people following a music festival that turned into a violent protest at the location where Atlanta plans to build a police and fire training facility.

On Sunday, around 5:30 p.m., police said a group of violent agitators used the cover of a peaceful protest to create a coordinated attack on construction equipment and police officers at the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.

Atlanta officials stated the group changed into all black, went inside the construction area, and threw large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks at law enforcement.

“This is not a protest,” APD officials said at a press conference Sunday night. “This wasn’t about a public training center; this was about anarchy.”

We’re working to learn more about those arrested, starting on Channel 2 Action News at 4:00 p.m.

Authorities said the illegal activity could have resulted in bodily harm; no injuries were reported.

Officers have arrested a total of 23 people. Only two of them are from Georgia. The following have been charged with domestic terrorism, according to Atlanta police:

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue the investigation.

Defend the Atlanta Forest sent a statement Sunday night that said in part.

“Cop City will never be a legitimate project. It continues to be widely opposed by Atlantans. The civil rights violations committed by police today reaffirms that this cop training facility should never be built. We stand steadfast in our conviction to build a new world in which all people are safe from police terror.”