Video shows Molotov cocktail thrown at officers as protesters arrested at new training facility




  • In US
  • 2022-05-18 16:54:38Z
  • By WSB Cox articles
 

Atlanta police have released video of protesters throwing a Molotov cocktail at police officers as they were attempting to arrest them for trespassing on the grounds of what will be the new Public Safety Training Facility for officers and firefighters.

The protesters had camped out in a nearby forest for more than seven months.

Police confirmed that seven people were arrested Tuesday as law enforcement tried to remove them from the property, which is privately owned by the City of Atlanta.

Police said that protesters became combative. Some of them picked up rocks, while at least one Molotov cocktail was thrown at them and contractors working on the project.

"The action today was to remove some illegal structures that had been built on the site," police said. "Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the eight individuals arrested were not harmed during this operation."

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On Wednesday, police released the names of the seven people who were arrested:

  • Phillip A Flagg, 28, Worchester, Massachusetts.

  • Lee Ana-Gypsy, 38, Gainesville, Georgia.

  • Elizabeth Hoitt-Lange, 24, Sea Cliff, New York.

  • Erin Brault, 27, Sykesville, Maryland.

  • Madeleine Kodat, 28, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Brooke Courtemanche, 26, Wooster, Ohio.

  • Abigail E. Skapyak, 23, Minneapolis, Minnesota - two charges (Criminal trespassing and false name).

All of the suspects have been charged with criminal trespass.

"We are grateful for the assistance provided by our local, state and federal law enforcement partners and we will continue our work to secure this site," police said in a news release Wednesday.

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