Rioters on Sunday attacked a proposed Atlanta Police Department training center, hurling “large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks” at officers who came to protect the site.
“Violent agitators” wore black clothing as they conducted a “coordinated attack” on the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, destroying “multiple pieces of construction equipment by fire and vandalism,” the police department reported.
The “very violent attack” was about “anarchy” and “the attempt to destabilize,” Atlanta police chief Darin Schierbaum told press.
Police have arrested 35 people in connection with the attack. While the department has not identified the rioters, members of the far-left anarchist group Antifa often wear black while they commit crimes.
News of the attack comes as Atlanta faces a crime wave. Violence has spiked so much that the suburb of Buckhead is “pushing to secede” from the Democratic-run city, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Buckhead alone last year saw 10 murders, 22 rapes, and 238 cases of burglary and breaking and entering.
The property damage to the proposed training center appears to be severe, with images showing construction vehicles ablaze and plumes of smoke rising from the site.
Georgia governor Brian Kemp (R.) in a statement denounced the attack, calling it “domestic terrorism.”
“We will not rest until those who use violence and intimidation for an extremist end are brought to full justice,” Kemp said.
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