Police Raid Atlanta Forest After ‘Cop City’ Opponents Overrun Security Post

Dekalb County, GA — At least 30 people were arrested on Sunday evening in the South River Forest during a ‘week of action’ music festival taking place near the location of the proposed controversial ‘Cop City’ facility.

UPDATE: 3/6/23 — According to the Atlanta Police Department press release, there were at least 35 people detained. Unicorn Riot also learned that of those arrested, approximately 22 were charged with state-level domestic terrorism charges, moving the total number of people connected to the ‘Stop Cop City’ movement who are facing domestic terrorism charges to around 42.

Video: Hundreds of ‘Cop City’ Opponents Overrun a Police Surveillance Outpost in the South River Forest

Jeremiah Percival of the Atlanta-based band Suede Cassidy spoke with Unicorn Riot about the South River Music Festival and the forest raid that happened during its second day.

Halfway through Suede Cassidy’s set, a multijurisdictional team of law enforcement officers entered the park where the music festival was and began tackling people to the ground and making arrests. Twenty-three people were arrested and charged with state-level domestic terrorism, bringing the total number of ‘Cop City’ opponents charged under that statute to 42.

Jeremiah told us how he is an Eagle Scout, was president of a chapter of the Sierra Club, and loves the forest, but to him what’s more important is that “the Black people in this area do not want [‘Cop City’] here, so that’s more important to me than anything, are those people’s comfort.”

Our interview video with him is below.

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Earlier in the evening, a march of several hundred opponents of the project (generally known as ‘forest defenders’) took over a police surveillance outpost along a power line clearing near Intrenchment Creek. The crowd set off fireworks and threw other projectiles over the barbed wire fence of the outpost, causing the police to retreat.

Barricades of tires and other debris were set up at the outpost entrance and two UTVs, a Front End Loader, office trailer, and mobile surveillance tower were destroyed and set on fire. Several port-a-potties were tipped and barbed wire fences bent, twisted and rendered insecure.

When entering the forest, officers could be heard threatening to shoot people.

The ‘week of action’ organized by opponents of the project is underway. More coverage of the Atlanta forest protests is on our website.

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