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Mon Dec 4, 2023, 02:30 PM Dec 2023

Atlanta police use Signal to discuss 'Cop City' amid outcry over transparency

Source: Guardian/US

High-ranking members of police department using encrypted phone app to communicate about project amid public concern.

High-ranking members of Atlanta’s police department have been using Signal, an encrypted phone app, to communicate about the controversial police and fire department training center known as “Cop City” – to each other, to other police departments and to companies involved in building the project, the Guardian has learned.

The department’s move to Signal occurred some time earlier this year, after several years of public outcry about a lack of transparency regarding the project on such basic issues as cost and environmental impact. It appears the department began using the app around the same time multiple police agencies entered a forested public park where protesters were camped – about a mile from the planned “Cop City” site – on 18 January, resulting in state troopers shooting and killing Manuel Paez Terán, AKA “Tortuguita”.

“It’s alarming. Decisions are being made about controversial developments … and they’re creating private, ephemeral means of communication, further eroding lines of trust with the public,” said Alejandro Ruiz, co-director of Lucy Parsons Labs, a digital transparency research organization.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/dec/04/cop-city-atlanta-police-signal-app

They are acting spy-like.

I don't know much of anything about this Cop-City, other than it is controversial.
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Atlanta police use Signal to discuss 'Cop City' amid outcry over transparency (Original Post) mysteryowl Dec 2023 OP
Cop City is a training facility outside of Atlanta. Calista241 Dec 2023 #1
Damn fine arguments, every one. Magoo48 Dec 2023 #2
Thanks for your post. ancianita Dec 2023 #3
Not spy like quakerboy Dec 2023 #4


(5,586 posts)
1. Cop City is a training facility outside of Atlanta.
Mon Dec 4, 2023, 04:26 PM
Dec 2023

It shouldn't be a big deal. Does anyone think Cops shouldn't get continuous or ongoing training? The 'controversy' stems from the defund the police crowd that have 3 basic arguments.

1. militarized police - they think the training center could be used for 'militarization' of the police force

2. environmental - the 85 acres of land they're building the facility on is forested, and cutting trees down is bad.

3. community investment - the protesters want the $90m earmarked for the facility to be spent on education and community programs.


(4,746 posts)
2. Damn fine arguments, every one.
Mon Dec 4, 2023, 04:36 PM
Dec 2023

The could just as easily build CopWorld on some piece of land that’s already fucked up. Some feed lot or burned out industrial park would suit their needs just as well.

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