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Uncle Joe

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Fri Nov 17, 2023, 01:53 PM Nov 2023

Cop City Protest Tear-Gassed as Activists Face "Unprecedented" RICO & Domestic Terrorism Charges



Protesters in Atlanta held a week of action to stop the construction of the massive $90 million police training complex known as "Cop City" in the Weelaunee Forest. This comes as activists have been organizing for a citywide referendum on the project which officials have tied up in court. Meanwhile, 61 people facing RICO, or racketeering, and domestic terrorism charges appeared in court this month as the state tries to characterize them as "militant anarchists." We get an update from Kamau Franklin, founder of the Atlanta-based grassroots organizing collective Community Movement Builders, who describes Atlanta's repression of peaceful civil disobedience as part of an effort "to protect cops and capitalism." We also feature excerpts from Al Jazeera's new _Fault Lines_ documentary on the "Stop Cop City" movement and speak with correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who calls the mass charges against protesters "unprecedented."
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Cop City Protest Tear-Gassed as Activists Face "Unprecedented" RICO & Domestic Terrorism Charges (Original Post) Uncle Joe Nov 2023 OP
I'm behind what Democratic Mayor, County Commissioners, and Sen Ossoff deem proper for the police, fire, and EMS Silent Type Nov 2023 #1

Silent Type

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1. I'm behind what Democratic Mayor, County Commissioners, and Sen Ossoff deem proper for the police, fire, and EMS
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 02:20 PM
Nov 2023

training facility. Gawd knows they need training.

Although not for mistreating protesters or charging them unfairly. Many protesters are from out of state. Nor am I for "militarization of police," although there are a lot of white wing terrorists around Atlanta that we should be concerned about.


"U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff became one of the highest-profile Democrats to endorse the need for new public safety training facilities in Atlanta, though he stopped short of backing the specific project that Mayor Andre Dickens and the City Council approved.

“Senator Ossoff fully supports new, world-class training facilities for Atlanta law enforcement and first responders,” said a spokesman for the first-term Democrat, who is up for reelection in 2026. “Where those facilities are located is a decision for Atlanta.”

https://www.ajc.com/politics/sen-ossoff-backs-dickens-on-atlanta-public-safety-training-center/IYDNYHEHSNGA7PXQOWNX4QQHJQ/

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