Georgia Files RICO Charges Against 61 ‘Cop City’ Protesters

A construction vehicle burns at the site of a planned police training facility in Atlanta. Atlanta Police Department

The Law Fights Back in Atlanta

The forces of law and order are finally holding ground in Atlanta, sending a powerful message to those who have decided that criminal chaos is their preferred order of the day.

As reported by the Daily Mail, an astounding 61 protesters have been indicted on RICO charges for trying to stop the construction of Atlanta’s controversial ‘Cop City.’

It’s about time!

Using the RICO act, a law commonly reserved for tackling organized crime syndicates, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office has brought down the hammer, citing an array of grave charges that include domestic terrorism, money laundering, vandalizing equipment, and throwing Molotov cocktails at police officers.

It’s a veritable catalogue of crimes that, frankly, has been a long time coming.

Remember, it was Keisha Lance Bottoms, back in 2021, who initiated the grand plan of this $90 million project, an endeavor that now faces fierce opposition, fueled by an irrational fear of environmental impacts and this nonsensical notion that enhancing our police force equates to a militarization of the law enforcement agencies.

Yes, those are the cries reverberating from the vocal minority.

Let’s take a step back and truly absorb what this project represents: An 85-acre plot in the southeast of Atlanta, earmarked as a monumental upgrade to the training facilities of the city’s police and fire departments.

It is time we showed some due appreciation and support to the very people sworn to protect us.

Over the past year, the slated area for the monumental ‘Cop City’ project has transformed into a veritable battleground, a disgraceful showcase of the lengths these anarchists will go to thwart progress and safety in our society.

It is even being vandalized by people who are not even state residents!

A wild caravan of individuals traveling across state lines have arrived to incite chaos, waving the banner of the ‘Stop Cop City’ movement.

These aren’t peaceful protestors; these are individuals who are part of an organized movement aimed to undermine law and order, and it appears, according to the extensive charges, that some of them might even be criminals.

Despite the glaring need for updated police training facilities, this mob descends upon Atlanta, clamoring about a supposed misuse of public funds and alleged environmental damage.

Now, turning our attention to the nexus of this uproar, the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, we uncover a den of alleged deceit and criminal activity.

The very leaders who purportedly champion justice and equality have found themselves ensnared in a web of serious criminal charges.

Marlon Scott Kautz, Savannah D. Patterson, and Adele Maclean stand accused of misusing charity funds and facilitating what can only be described as an organized crime ring under the guise of an ecology movement.

Prosecutors allege that funds channeled into the organization have been utilized to facilitate various destructive activities carried out by protesters, known colloquially as ‘forest defenders.’

As it stands, it seems that these so-called ‘forest defenders’ have been utilizing the funds to fuel a campaign of chaos and destruction.

Adding complexity to this story is the fatal police shooting of activist Manuel Paez Terán, known as ‘Tortuguita’, who had been camping at the proposed site.

While the band of protesters shouts from the rooftops alleging unjust targeting, the police tell a starkly different tale, insisting that Terán was not the innocent victim here but had indeed initiated the gunfire.

As the city ventures further into this morass, it finds itself mired in a surge of destructive acts perpetrated against businesses unfortunate enough to be affiliated with the Atlanta Police Foundation.

It seems the reach of this chaos knows no bounds, with the tentacles of the Stop Cop City movement extending far beyond the confines of the Peach State. Businesses like Amazon, Porsche, and Wells Fargo have been vandalized across 19 states.

With hearings set to continue, all eyes are now on the Fulton County courts as Atlanta grapples with a noble project that is suddenly mired in arrests, destruction, and even death.


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