NPR puff piece on Atlanta leftist gunman revealed to be written by Antifa supporter

Antifa "isn't a terrorist organization," because they act "mostly in self-defense and in the defense of others," NPR's Kaity Radde wrote.

NPR on Saturday published a "misleading" piece on the circumstances surrounding the Atlanta police shooting of Antifa extremist Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, where Antifa-supporting journalist Kaity Radde claimed the accused cop-shooter had his hands up when he was killed, and promoted the debunked conspiracy theory that the officer shot by the gunman was supposedly hit by friendly fire.

"The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says officers killed [Terán] in self-defense after they shot a state trooper, but the City of Atlanta released videos in which an officer suggests the trooper may have been injured by friendly fire," Radde wrote of the January 18 incident, referring to a claim made by Antifa sympathizers that investigators maintain is false.

As reported by FOX 5, the GBI said that law enforcement came across Terán camped out in a tent in the woods in the Antifa-controlled autonomous zone near "Cop City," what rioters are calling the site of Atlanta's future Public Safety Training Facility.

According to investigators, officers fired at the suspect in self-defense after he refused to follow verbal commands and shot a state trooper, who was injured and treated at an intensive care unit.

The GBI has said that no footage of the actual shooting exists, but video the Atlanta Police Department shared captured by one trooper who heard the shooting take place out of eyesight's body camera has fueled conspiracy theories from supporters of the Antifa gunman, with the family's lawyer saying it confirmed their "worst fears that Manuel was massacred in a hail of gunfire."

In the footage, one of the officers heading towards the sound of several gunshots says to others in the group, "Did they shoot their own man?"

"We don't know who he got shot by, if it was by a deputy," another one responds.

In a statement regarding these comments, APD said these officers were simply speculating on what the multiple gunshots could've been.

"In reviewing our officers' Body Worn Cameras footage, it is apparent the shooting situation evolved quickly and our officers had no immediate knowledge of the events at the shooting site at the time the shooting occurred. Several responding officers are heard commenting about the shooting as they approached the site. We have found no evidence to suggest these officers had any information on the events surrounding the shooting prior to their comments," they said.

Radde went on to share more unverified claims based on the family’s second unofficial autopsy coming from Terán's supporters, writing "Both Manuel's left and right hands show exit wounds in both palms. The autopsy further reveals that Manuel was most probably in a seated position, cross-legged when killed."

As The Post Millennial's Andy Ngo reported, the family of the slain Antifa-occupied autonomous zone radical has ordered "repeated private autopsies to get the results they want," after the GBI concluded he was killed in self-defense. 

"The gunman seriously wounded a Georgia state trooper & forensic ballistics testing matched the bullet to his pistol. The family's 2nd private autopsy has not been released but this is the misleading @NPR story by #Antifa supporter @kaityradde," Ngo said.

However, Radde, who has previously written an article for the Indiana Daily Student in which she argued that Antifa "isn't a terrorist organization," because they act "mostly in self-defense and in the defense of others," publicly endorsed the results of the private autopsy.

"The anti-'cop city' protester who was shot and killed by police in january, had their hands up when they died, a new autopsy shows," she wrote on Twitter.

The narrative that law enforcement targeted Terán for no good reason has led to waves of violence on the Atlanta Police Department, with the now-deleted "Treehouse Antifa" account tweeting after the shooting, "Consider this a call for reciprocal violence to be done to the police and their allies. On Friday, January 20th, wherever you are, you are invited to participate in a night of rage in order to honor the memory of our fallen comrade."

The "night of rage" even included crimes against unrelated local businesses, with "far-left extremists" and Antifa smashing storefronts and setting police vehicles ablaze.

Radde also characterized the Antifa gunman as innocent in her NPR piece, writing that he "expressed a commitment to nonviolence" before his death, despite being a member of the Treehouse Antifa group that took over the woods near Cop City and attacked officers.

The "Cop City" autonomous zone was created by Antifa affiliates who want to stop the new APD training center from being built. After the most recent violent attack, 23 Antifa members were charged with domestic terrorism for firebombing the construction zone this past weekend, FOX 5 reported. 

As The Post Millennial contributor Savanah Hernandez reported, more Antifa sympathizers protested for the release of their comrades on Thursday, holding a "free them all" rally in the streets of Atlanta.


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