Early Saturday morning, two attacks took place against resources of the Atlanta Police Department. In the first, Atlanta Fire and Rescue were called to a parking deck for the Atlanta Police Academy Facility after several motorcycles were set on fire by incendiary devices.
According to Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Bill Heath III, the fire department was dispatched around 2:20 AM to 180 Southside Industrial Parkway after reports of a fire inside. He noted in his post that "it appears Homeland Security is involved in the investigation."
In a second incident, three Atlanta Police Department vehicles had their windows broken, but nothing was stolen. According to Fox 5, the vehicles belong to the Path Force Unit which is tasked with keeping Atlanta's Beltline walking trail safe.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp condemned the vandalism, saying, "These attacks on public safety resources are outrageous and completely inexcusable."
"This planned destruction of property and attempted use of explosive devices put both lives and community assets in danger," he continued. "Those are the tactics of organized criminals, not protestors, and their supporters should ask themselves if they truly want to be associated with such radical and violent people. Working with state, local, and federal law enforcement partners, we will find these criminals and bring them to justice."
This comes at the same time that "Stop Cop City" protestors are hosting a "Week of Action" rally against the $90 million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.
Atlanta Police Department said in a statement on Facebook, "The Atlanta Police Department respects, supports, and upholds the First Amendment rights of all citizens and those in Atlanta to assemble, speak, and engage in peaceful protest." It added, "We respectfully ask all who engage in “Week of Action” events to abide by the same city regulations for a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere for all persons wishing to enjoy the city’s greenspaces and public areas this week."
Last week, Delkab County District Attorney Sharry Boston announced she would not seek charges for those involved in violence during the group's last "Week of Action," however, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr vowed to move forward with domestic terrorism charges.
"While the District Attorney has decided to no longer assist in this case, our office is fully committed to moving forward with the prosecution of those who have engaged in or supported violent acts surrounding the public safety training center. If you shoot police officers, throw Molotov cocktails at law enforcement, vandalize private homes and businesses, and set fire to police vehicles, you will be held accountable. We will not waver when it comes to keeping Georgians safe and putting a stop to violent crimes in our state," he said.
At the group's last "Week of Action" protest in March, 23 suspects, including one lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center, were arrested after allegedly attacking the training center with Molotov cocktails catching construction equipment on fire.
Previously, the group had called for a "night of rage" after one of its members was killed by police in a gunfight after he allegedly opened fire on law enforcement officers who were attempting to clear the facility, which they set up as an autonomous zone.
It is not currently known if the incident occurring Saturday morning is connected to the "Week of Action" protest.
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