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Georgia Police Arrest 3 Organizers of Bail Fund for Cop City Protesters

HeadlineJun 01, 2023

In news from Georgia, a police SWAT team raided a home in Atlanta Wednesday and arrested three organizers with the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. The nonprofit organization has been raising money to bail out protesters opposed to the construction of a massive police training facility known as Cop City. Lawyers have described the raids and arrests on the bail fund as unprecedented. On Wednesday, Kamau Franklin with the group Community Movement Builders spoke at a rally outside the DeKalb County Jail.

Kamau Franklin: “We will not be intimidated. We will not be stopped. We will not be outorganized. We will not let them, time and time again, take the only thing that they have at their disposal, which is the brutal nature of their police force, tearing themselves on us to stop us. We will fight back here in the city of Atlanta. We will fight back in the state of Georgia. We will call our caravans and organizers to come all the way across the country one more time to stop Cop City!”

Protester: “Stop Cop City!”

The raid on the bail fund comes as 42 activists face domestic terrorism charges for opposing Cop City. The Atlanta City Council is expected to hold a key vote on Cop City on June 5. The city recently admitted the public cost of the project will top $67 million — twice as high as originally stated.

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