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Protests Again Today Against the Police Public Safety Training Center Known as "Cop City" and Update on Court Hearing

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UPDATE: The 23 people arrested Sunday for protesting appeared in court today. The judge denied bail for all but one of the 23. The lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center was granted bail, which was set at $5,000. The rest of the 22 protestors will continue to remain in jail.

Sunday evening, a large group of 150 people headed to the area designated for the future police public safety training center in Atlanta and set construction equipment on fire, throwing bricks and fireworks at police who had responded to the scene. The protestors call the area "cop city." They claim that they were at a music concert nearby and were not doing anything but peacefully protesting. The surveillance video shows otherwise, along with video from a police helicopter that was flying overhead. Police ended up arresting 23 people, who were charged with domestic terrorism. One person, Colin Dorsey, is from Maine. This is the second time a Maine resident has been arrested for an incident protesting at "cop city." The other Maine resident, Francis Carroll, was arrested in December 2022. Only two of those arrested were from Georgia; one is a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the rest were from other states, and two people were from outside the United States.

Videos from Sunday evening at the protest site show what the protestors were doing.

Protestors have been protesting over the police public safety training center being built for two years now. They are protesting again today.

Human Rights Watch has written a letter calling for the domestic terrorism charges to be dropped against the protestors. The White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, was asked today at the White House Press Briefing about the protests this weekend. Her response was, "We have not heard about the protest this is the first time I'm hearing about it."

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