Atlanta is preparing to clear a DeKalb County forest to make way for a new public safety training center. The city has been faced with difficulties clearing the area and moving forward on the project because of the presence of an Antifa group.
The project has been referred to by the left as “Cop City”, similar to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill for Florida’s Parental Rights in Education. A judge rejected an injunction earlier this month from protesters who used environmental issues to stop construction. The group members even call themselves “Forest Creatures” or identify as different animals.
It was only a matter of time before the Antifa movement would explode in violence. A state trooper was involved in a shootout with protesters on Wednesday morning as law enforcement was conducting a clearing operation. One Antifa member was also killed, though the trooper sustained injuries.
According to Michael Register, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, “An individual shot a trooper of the Georgia State Patrol without warning.” “Other law enforcement officers returned fire in self-defense and evacuated the trooper from a safe area. In the gunfire exchange, the individual who shot at law enforcement was killed.
The group now calls for a “Night of Rage” in retaliation for the death of an Antifa protester. A Twitter account called “Scenes From Atlanta Forest” demanded vengeful violence.
“Consider it a call to reciprocal violence to police and their allies. You are invited to join a night of rage to honor the memory and fallen comrades on Friday, January 20, wherever you may be.” Read the tweet.
Looks like Antifa is trying to organize some kind of riot in Atlanta this Friday. pic.twitter.com/Atunea4Acs
— Georgia Chief (@GeorgiaChief) January 19, 2023
Atlanta: Protesters call for violence against police after shooting leaves 1 dead, officer injured
“Consider this a call for reciprocal violence to be done to the police and their allies. On Friday, January 20th, wherever you are”https://t.co/ID4gbEfTyN
— Philip Holloway ✈️ (@PhilHollowayEsq) January 19, 2023
Twitter immediately suspended the account.
The group created a new account, called “Scenes From Weelaunee.” According to a blog entry, the group’s old account was temporarily suspended after a mass-reporting campaign by far-right extremists.
According to reports, the group also invaded the offices of contractors responsible for the project. Erick Erickson interviewed a caller on Thursday who claimed that the group was setting fire to brush and digging holes in the woods, in hopes of attracting firefighters.
This is a topic that’s not getting much attention in national media. We both know that this is what would happen if a right-leaning group threatened violence in the same way as I did.
An Antifa group is pledging violence against police and their allies in Atlanta tomorrow night because one of their members tried to kill a police officer, and the police returned fire, killing the terrorist. If it was a white supremacy group, it’d be national news.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 19, 2023
There’s a twist to this story. It ties the “Cop City” protesters to Stacey Abrams, the two-time Georgia governor-losing candidate. Last summer we reported that Abrams is on the board at the Marguerite Casey Foundation. This foundation grants money to far-left causes. Abrams has called for defunding the police and the elimination of their operations.
The foundation published an article on “Cop City” last year with the hashtag #AbolishthePolice.
“The Cop City story…offers a window into how the actors that make up the PIC—corporations, governments, media, police, and others—work in deadly harmony to suppress political dissent, subvert democratic engagement, and protect profits.” #AbolishthePolice https://t.co/jObxbG8TDb
— Marguerite Casey Foundation (@CaseyGrants) February 11, 2022
This all happened while Abrams declared last summer in one of many exclusive Axios articles that she was for “funding police.” However, she also stated that it was an honor to work with antipolice activists. Fox News reported this week that the foundation had increased funding for anti-police groups during Abrams’ tenure on the board.
While we cannot tie Abrams directly with the protesters who shot a trooper in the state of Georgia (or elsewhere in the country), there is no doubt that her board work at the Marguerite Casey Foundation laid some of the foundations for what might happen Friday night.
These people do not need to be jailed. They must be taken to Gitmo!