GA: 61 indicted on racketeering charges connected to “Stop Cop City” movement

Source: SFGate

“Sixty-one people have been indicted in Georgia on racketeering charges following a long-running state investigation into protests against a proposed police and firefighter training facility in the Atlanta area that critics call ‘Cop City’. In the sweeping indictment, prosecutors allege the defendants are ‘militant anarchists’ who have supported a violent movement that prosecutors trace to the widespread 2020 racial justice protests. The Aug. 29 indictment under the state’s racketeering law, also known as a RICO law, was released by Fulton County officials on Tuesday and was brought by Republican Attorney General Chris Carr. The ‘Stop Cop City’ effort has gone on for more than two years and at times veered into vandalism and violence. Opponents say they fear the Atlanta-area training center will lead to greater militarization of the police and that its construction will exacerbate environmental damage in a poor, majority-[b]lack area.” (09/05/23)