According to a new report, a night of fire and violence near the prospective site of an Atlanta police training facility on Sunday resulted in the arrest of 35 rioters.
According to police, a gang of violent agitator” dressed completely in black invaded the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center’s building site.
During the altercation, people launched huge rocks as well as molotov cocktails, according to police, and some construction equipment caught fire.
The Atlanta Police Department said in a statement that a group of agitators left the nearby South River Music Festival around 5:30 p.m. and descended on the construction site of the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center to launch a coordinated attack on construction equipment and police officers.
The gang reportedly changed into black attire and began throwing commercial-grade pyrotechnics, Molotov bombs, huge rocks, and bricks at police officers, according to authorities.
During a news conference on Sunday night, Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum stated that the majority of those apprehended looked to be from out of state.
“This wasn’t about a public safety training center. This was about anarchy, and this was about an attempt to destabilize. And we are addressing that quickly,” Schierbaum said.
Prior to Sunday, at least 19 individuals have been detained and charged with domestic terrorism in connection with protests at the “Cop City” site since December.
Six of the 19 arrests were made as a result of a violent riot in downtown Atlanta on Jan. 21 provoked by the fatal shooting of 26-year-old environmental activist and gunman Manuel Esteban Paez Teran by a Georgia State Patrol officer.