61 Activists Facing Charges for Attempting To Stop Atlanta’s ‘Cop City’ Construction

Sixty-one protestors and activists have been indicted for violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Some of the protesters are also facing domestic terrorism and money laundering charges.

The activists attempted to stop the construction of Atlanta’s “Cop City,” a safety training center for the Atlanta Police Department.

The center is expected to have a mock city and a “burn building” for firefighters as well as facilities for police horses and dogs.

Residents have voiced concern that the training center will result in police violence.

Protestors have been acting against the safety training center since before May 2022.

At that time, officers faced rocks, Molotov cocktails, and other items while trying to remove the protestors.

Reporting from The Washington Examiner:

Last week, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the city of Atlanta a temporary delay in the injunction handed down on July 27 by a federal judge. The injunction allowed non-Atlanta residents to collect signatures and extended the collection time frame by an additional 60 days for the petition drive, which needs 58,231 signatures, to oppose the training center.

The court has not clarified the ruling, which caused confusion for many training center opponents, as of Tuesday morning, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.