‘Peaceful protestors’ attack Department of Public Safety building with rocks, fireworks – injuring people inside


ATLANTA, GA – A large group of “protesters” vandalized the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters building in Atlanta Sunday morning.  They were armed with rocks, spray paint, fireworks, and other destructive materials

According to the Georgia State Patrol, there were between 60 and 100 people dressed in dark clothing and wearing masks.  Lt. Stalling from the Georgia State Patrol said the group broke several windows, threw fireworks through the broken windows, damaged a DPS car and defaced the property with spray paint.

The fireworks caused a fire which caused two employees to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Kimberly Krautter, who recorded video of the fire, said to US News and World Report:

“The demonstration started peacefully.  Only about three or four people looked to be trying to vandalize the building.”

Although protests have taken place in Atlanta recently over the deaths of Rayshard Brooks and George Floyd, Krautter said the subject of this protest was not clear.

She also said she saw about 35 people marching down United Avenue accompanied by drummers and another twelve on motor scooters.

The building damaged is headquarters to The Georgia Department of Public Safety but also houses several other state agencies.  The Georgia State Police Academy is headquartered there, and there is also a Justice Federal Credit Union in the building. 

Georgia Emergency Management Agency is right around the corner, as is the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Wildlife Resources Division, and the School Bus Safety program is also housed in the building.

11Alives’s Nick Sturdivant saw two people being taken into custody, but it isn’t known if they were connected to the “protest.”

The “protest” attack took place at about 1:00 AM and by 5:00 AM. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was in force at the scene with over a dozen investigators on site.

The “protest” attack on the Department of Public Safety took place on the same night that Atlanta Police were busy investigating two shootings. During those incidents, 19 people total were shot.  Of those, 14 were hospitalized, and two are in critical condition from the first shooting.  Five people were shot in a drive by in south east Atlanta later.

An eight year old girl was shot and killed on Saturday night when shots were fired into the car she was riding in.  This happened as the violence continued.

Investigators believe the driver of the car in which she was riding tried to turn around in a parking lot and was blocked from doing so by a “group of armed individuals.” It appeared to investigators that someone opened fire on the car and shot the little girl. 

The driver drove to the Atlanta Medical Center for help, but the little girl was pronounced dead.

It was a violent, bloody and deadly night for the city of Atlanta.  Sadly, investigators’ time is split now between crimes as they assist the GBI to find the people responsible for targeting the Department of Safety. 

They must also attempt to quickly find the people responsible for shooting and killing an eight-year old girl.

“Protesters” are compromising the last line of defense that law abiding people have, by demanding cities abolish the police.  In many cities where “protests” are taking place, the number of murders, most not even associated with these “protests,” continues to rise.  

The statics bear out and should come as no surprise.  Georgians will now have to foot the bill to repair the State Facility. These taxpayers have to hope that this latest wave of vandalism and violence doesn’t cost them any more good officers.

It is unclear if the State of Georgia will continue with it’s plan to build a new $55 million dollar headquarters for the agency.

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Meanwhile in Portland, Oregon, the violence continues.

Instead of celebrating the birth of the nation, rioters continued their 38th consecutive day of destructive civil unrest in the city, forcing Portland Police to declare a riot twice on Independence Day.

A riot was declared around 4 a.m. local time on Saturday in downtown Portland after overnight demonstrations, but events through the day remained generally peaceful until late Saturday, when police again declared a riot at 11 p.m.

According to The Oregonian, shortly after 9 p.m., a crowd of hundreds began congregating on Main Street around the location of the former elk fountain that had been previously vandalized.

By 9:30 p.m., people set off fireworks and burned American flags while speakers addressed the crowd and spoke about colonialism, racism and police brutality.

The Oregonian reported:

“At 10:35 p.m., police announced orders for protesters to stop directing fireworks at the Justice Center. A short time later, police appeared to set off devices that deployed smoke.

Around 11 p.m., police again warned protesters not ‘to engage with the federal courthouse’ and warned them they would be subject to arrest and use of force if they continued.”

Unrest in Portland and other cities has continued since the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. The death set off demands for more police accountability, including the “defund the police” calls for cities to slash police department budgets – or even eliminate police departments.

Mayor Ted Wheeler tweeted his concerns about the ongoing violence in Portland heading into the Fourth of July weekend.

In a July 3 tweet, Wheeler said:

“As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, our beautiful city is on edge: An escalating global pandemic. The possibility of a deep and prolonged recession. Demands for police accountability and racial justice. People are justifiably angry, hurting and frustrated.”

The mayor also tweeted several more times on July 3:

“This has been going on for more than a month now.

“Violence and vandalism detract from the importance of the larger movement for justice.

“Groups continue to target the Justice Center, threatening the safety of hundreds of inmates and employees inside.”

The mayor acknowledged that protesters were endangering the lives of people:

“They continue to hurt small businesses owned by people of color, instill fear in communities of color, and start fires in buildings with people inside, in one specific case, even bolting emergency doors so that they could not escape.”

Wheeler was “grateful” that the violence rocking his city had not resulted in any deaths yet, unlike in other places such as Seattle:

“These attacks undermine public safety in our community, and they harm the very people and businesses we need to be lifting up.

“I am grateful that no one has died in Portland, but other cities have not been so fortunate.”

Anticipating more problems for the weekend, the mayor pleaded for an end to the violence from protesters:

“This weekend, join me in calling for an end to violence so we can begin to rebuild and do the work of police reform this movement demands. I am keenly aware of concerns about police actions related to demonstration activity.”

Wheeler also questioned use of force tactics by police:

“Under what circumstances, if any, should tear gas be used? When, specifically, can a gathering be declared unlawful? Who should make those calls? These are all legitimate questions.”

Since the mayor apparently had no answers to his own questions, people replied with their thoughts.

Non-violent murder of crows tweeted at the mayor:

“I feel like if you don’t have the answers to these questions you probably shouldn’t be the one making the decision.

“Since… you’re literally the one person most responsible in how they’re answered, and have consistently answered AGAINST Portlanders on the streets.”

The American Truth said:

“Tear gas should be used against Antifa TERRORISTS.”

Then in a tweet that swiped at both police and protesters, Wheeler said:

“I am calling for a full and thorough review of all use of force tactics and meaningful public transparency.

“And I am asking for the public’s support in calling for an end to the nightly violence.

“Join us in our call for peace.

“Lives are at stake.”

On July 4, Portland Police tweeted a public safety message and zeroed in on “one group with many participants who engage in nightly violence and destruction directed at police and public safety facilities.


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