Georgia has some issues, but the game is still played very differently there than in Portland or Seattle where the level of leftist violence has reached domestic terrorism proportions.
Georgia state troopers helping conduct a “clearing operation” at the site of Atlanta’s planned public safety training center exchanged gunfire with a protester Wednesday morning, leaving the protester dead and one trooper wounded, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The protester, who was accused of firing first, was believed to be a male. His identity was not immediately released.
When an attacker is linked to the right, the media is very quick to put the political affiliation front and center. But the usual rule of thumb is that the right exists and the left does not. You can go through entire articles about the attack and the context without ever seeing ‘left’ or any specific political reference.
Activist groups such as Defend the Atlanta Forest have since cropped up and are attempting to prevent the facility’s construction. The group said Wednesday on Twitter that police had killed a “forest defender today, someone who loved the forest, someone who fought to protect the earth & its inhabitants.”
Members of the group have occupied trees on the wooded property, building tree sits and other shelters in the forests. In June, the group released a statement that said, “Climate change and police violence are two of the most pressing issues affecting our society today, and they will only worsen if this facility is built. We cannot stand by as we sacrifice humanity’s future for a Cop City.”
Same people didn’t care about the trees before there was a police center to be built there.
The media fails to provide any meaningful political context. Instead, it celebrates the leftist terrorists.
In December, five people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and other charges after allegedly throwing rocks and bottles at the training center, officials said. For months, protesters have allegedly destroyed property, committed arson and carjackings and thrown rocks, bottles and other items at police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
The DeKalb District Attorney’s Office told CBS News it is pursuing domestic terrorism charges against all five protesters. One of the arrested protesters, Ariel Ebaugh, 22, of Stockbridge, Georgia has been charged with two counts of firearm possession during a commission of a felony, the DA’s office confirmed.
And worse than that.
The GBI and other law enforcement agencies “embrace a citizen’s right to protest, but law enforcement can’t stand by while serious criminal acts are being committed that jeopardize the safety of the citizens we’re sworn to protect,” Register said.
People are “illegally occupying” the area and are committing criminal acts that endanger the community, including arson, beating people up, using explosives and setting booby traps that have the potential to seriously hurt someone, he said.
The leftists are vocally threatening violence.
More than 150 people gathered to mourn the man’s death during a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood, an area known as a hub for counterculture movements.
Activists said they did not have much information about the morning’s incident and did not know the identity of the person who was killed. But they called for an investigation into the shooting, urging the public and the media to reject the police “narrative” that officers were shooting in self-defense.
The group then took to the streets, blocking a busy intersection and throwing scooters in front of cars as others held a large banner reading, “Trees give life. Police take it.”
“Stop Cop City!” the group yelled, followed by, “If you build it, we will burn it!”
This is a domestic terrorist group and should be treated as one.