Police Officers Spark Violent Protest

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(FixThisNation.com) – On Saturday night, a protest taking place in downtown Atlanta turned violent after masked activists threw rocks and lit fireworks, shattering the glass windows of the Atlanta Police Foundation. Many windows were broken, walls were vandalized and a police car caught fire.

The protests are in response to the authorities killing an environmental activist. Authorities have claimed that the 26-year-old activist had shot a state trooper. Tortuguita, the activist, was killed on Wednesday following the authorities removing a small group of protesters from an area that was being used for an Atlanta-area public safety training center.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Tortuguita was killed after he had shot and injured a state trooper. However, activists are not happy to accept this version of events and instead have been calling for a full investigation into the incident which they are calling a “murder.” The incident does not appear to have been recorded on any body cameras, even though the bureau has said that the trooper was shot in the abdomen by Tortuguita, who apparently had a handgun.

Left-wing activists started protesting over the incident. Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum has said that on Saturday they arrested six individuals and found explosive devices that the activists had left along Peachtree Street in their wake. He added that those who had gathered that night were not intent on protesting but rather on harming others.

The training center is a $90 million project being built by the Atlanta Police Foundation. However, in order for it to be completed a number of trees would need to be cut. Activists have been trying to stop the construction arguing that it would be environmentally damaging to the entire area.

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