After the arrest of three people on Tuesday accused of illegally financing Antifa suspects who have attacked the future site of the Atlanta Public Training Center, a Georgia Democrat lawmaker is questioning the arrests, with footage showing police in the midst of their raid of the property the three were arrested at.
Rep. Saira Draper said she was "deeply concerned" about the raid conducted in the Edgewood neighborhood, and included footage taken from nearby the raid showing 10 officers outside of the home with rifles and face shields, four of which were seen heading towards the property, known as the "teardown home," behind one of which who carried a shield. The police were standing outside of a vehicle that read Atlanta Police Special Enforcement Section.
The home is covered in graffiti, including numerous displays of "no cops," "smash the state," and "no borders."
Draper said she didn’t know the specifics of the charges at that moment, but added that the use of SWAT teams and helicopters to arrest people charged with money laundering and charity fraud "seem[s] grossly excessive."
"What I do know is, weaponizing the powers of the state for political gain is abuse of power.," Draper wrote. "Peaceful protest is as American as apple pie. Using heavy handed tactics to suppress peaceful protest is shameful."
The three people arrested and charged were 39-year-old Marlon Scott Kautz of Atlanta, 30-year-old Savannah Patterson of Savannah, and 42-year-old Adele Maclean of Atlanta. The three worked for the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, a nonprofit that has bailed out a number of those arrested for violent actions at the construction site.
To date, more than 40 people have been charged with domestic terrorism in connection to violent actions undertaken at the training facility’s grounds. Far-left extremists, who have dubbed the training facility "Cop City," have attacked officers, set fire to construction equipment, and set traps in the forest, posing a risk to public safety.
The Atlanta Solidarity Fund requested donations to the National Bail Fund Network on Twitter to get their workers out of jail through ActBlue, a Democrat fundraising platform.
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