ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Activists dressed in all black and wearing masks participated in violent protests against the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center on Saturday, January 21. Activists reportedly threw rocks and set off fireworks in front of the building that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation. They not only attacked the building, but also destroyed many businesses and vehicles in the area. An explosive was used to start a fire in a police cruiser in the Atlanta area. Livestream videos captured at the scene showed the violent protesters acting in an organized manner to wreak havoc.
The night of violence was in direct retaliation for the death of a protester by police officers a week ago on Wednesday, January 18, during protests against “Cop City,” a proposed $90 million, 85-acre law enforcement agency was killed training facility. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the 26-year-old activist was aiming his gun at a state police officer when he was shot.
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Six people were arrested January 21 following Saturday’s violent protests in downtown Atlanta and all have been charged with domestic terrorism charges, among others. Those arrested are Nadja Geier, 24, of Nashville, Tennessee; Madeleine Feola, 22, of Spokane, Wash.; Ivan Ferguson, 22, from Nevada; Graham Evatt, 20, of Decatur, Georgia; Francis Carrol, 22, of Kennebunkport, Maine; and Emily Murphy, 37, of Grosse Isle, Michigan.
Who is Ivan Ferguson?
Ivan Ferguson, a 23-year-old male, is an award-winning, classically trained clarinetist from Henderson, Nevada. He received his classical training at the famous San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ferguson has received several awards as a musician. Before he was “radicalized,” Ferguson performed frequently at classical concerts in the state of California and the state of Nevada.
Criminal domestic terrorism, tampering with government property, first degree arson, second degree criminal damage, riot, unlawful assembly, willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer and pedestrian in the lane are among the charges they face. According to 11 Alive, Ferguson and 20-year-old Graham Evatt are the only ones arrested from Georgia who have been given $355,000 bail while the others have been denied.