All six suspects were charged with four crimes, including criminal damage, arson, interference with government property and domestic terrorism, police said. Each suspect was also charged with four misdemeanor counts of obstruction, being a pedestrian in the road, riot and unlawful assembly. The six suspects remained Sunday at the Fulton County Jail, reservation records showed.
No one was injured in the violence, but three buildings and a police car were damaged, Schierbaum said. Cleanup was underway on Sunday in an area approximately two blocks downtown.
Broken windows and broken glass could be seen in the area, and one building had a sign saying it would close early due to safety concerns. Workers repaired damage at 191 Peachtree Tower, home to the Atlanta Police Foundation.
Dickens was among Georgia’s political leaders who condemned the violent protest. But once again, attention was focused on Atlanta’s crime rates and the new crackdowns proposed by Governor Brian Kemp and his Republican allies.
“Violence and illegal destruction of property are not acts of protest,” Kemp said late on Saturday. “These are crimes that will not be tolerated in Georgia and will be fully prosecuted.”
At Saturday’s news conference, Dickens said some of those arrested had explosives.
The property damage along Peachtree Street came about an hour after dozens of protesters filled a portion of an Atlanta underground plaza to protest the city’s plans to build a training center for police and firefighters on several acres of forest. in DeKalb County.
The event was also held to remember 26-year-old activist Manuel Teran, who was shot dead by a state trooper at the project site last week. Investigators said Teran fired first, wounding a soldier. Other soldiers then returned fire, according to the GBI.
The officer, whose name was not released for fear of reprisals, was shot in the abdomen and underwent emergency surgery, investigators said.
In addition to seeking an end to the project, protesters on Saturday were calling for an independent investigation into Teran’s death. The GBI said there is no bodycam footage of the incident. Protesters also want the city to eliminate the APD.
“Those individuals who are protesting the ‘police town,’ as they call it, is really a public safety training center,” Dickens told CBS Sunday. “They don’t want to see exactly what they asked for: more police training. We can’t train imaginaries, we have to do it in a facility that allows community police and firefighters to train together.”
Dickens also publicly thanked law enforcement officers and firefighters, along with other members of public safety, for their continued efforts to keep Atlanta safe.
The investigation into Saturday’s protests continued on Sunday.
— Editors Greg Bluestein and Wilborn P. Nobles III contributed to this article.
A disclosure note
The James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, which owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, contributed to the training center’s fundraising drive. It is one of several Atlanta-based foundations that have contributed.
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