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Patrick Swanson / January 24,2023

Battle of Atlanta "Police City"

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    On the morning of January 18, during a routine police operation to remove protesters from the site of a future training facility dubbed “Cop City” in the wooded suburbs of Atlanta, shots were fired. When the smoke cleared, one worker was killed and a state trooper was injured. Questions about what happened have made the case a flashpoint in the national debate about policing and environmental activism.

    The killing of Manuel Esteban Pez Terran, a “guardian of the jungle” known as Tortogueta (or Little Tortoise in Spanish), has raised many questions among activists. Protests against the killing have resulted in a pushback from law enforcement and supporters.

    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said the shooting was not recorded on body cameras. Police said the gun used in the shooting against the soldier was purchased by Teran in September 2020. On Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that a special prosecutor would be assigned to review the case, but critics are calling for an independent investigation.

     

    In recent days, protesters have descended on Atlanta, and at times have been chaotic, leading to numerous arrests. On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp A state of emergency was called ahead of more possible anti-police protests later this week.

    Mistrust and anger on both sides has been rampant.

    “The official narrative is that ‘Cop City’ is necessary to make Atlanta ‘safe,’ but this brutal murder shows what they mean when they use that word,” Defend the Atlanta Forest, A grassroots organization that has led protests against internment. The center said in a statement after the shooting.

Patrick Swanson / January 22,2023

ANTIFA Rioters Arrested – Atlanta’s Not Portland

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ANTIFA Rioters Arrested – Atlanta’s Not Portland

Following the killing of environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26, who was shot by police in Atlanta, Georgia, Atlanta Police officers had to deal with a night of ANTIFA rioters smashing windows and setting cars on fire.

Teran is alleged to have shot at police officers while defending a forest from “Cop City,” which is a police training center near Atlanta. Members of his environmental conservation community are alleging that the Atlanta police officer suffered a gunshot from friendly fire, and Teran had not fired a shot. However, there is no indication that an officer was shot by friendly fire at this time.

Following a police officer getting shot in the abdomen, Teran was believed to have fired the shot at the police officer. Teran would be shot and killed by a police officer, and his death created a wave of protests throughout a handful of cities, most notably in Atlanta, where seven rioters would go on to be arrested.

 

ANTIFA Rioters Arrested – Atlanta’s Not Portland

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Saturday evening:

“Atlanta is safe and our police officers have resolved the disruptions downtown from earlier in the evening,”  adding, “The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will continue to protect the right to peaceful protest. We will not tolerate violence or property destruction.”

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens would announce that some of the ANTIFA domestic terrorists also were carrying explosives.

Patrick Swanson / January 22,2023

Violent Antifa Riot in Atlanta Manned by Out-of-State Invaders

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Violent Antifa Riot in Atlanta Manned by Out-of-State Invaders
  • Typical Antifa ‘Peaceful Protest’
  • Antifa Attackers Came from Washington State, Nevada, and Maine
  • A violent riot by Antifa rocked the downtown of Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend. It was also manned by out-of-state communists, the local police discovered after identifying the ones they had managed to arrest.

    Typical Antifa ‘Peaceful Protest’

    Dozens of businesses had their windows and glass doors smashed in downtown Atlanta on Saturday. At the same time, a police car was set on fire.

    The rally had been called after, last week, during a sweep in an Antifa-occupied “no-go” zone in DeKalb County, the Atlanta police shot and killed 26-year-old far-left activist Manuel Teran.

    Teran or another of the America-hating occupiers shot at the police and wounded a state trooper. He survived but had to be hospitalized and undergo surgery. 

    Teran’s nickname was Tortuguita. He was a “non-binary” individual who used made-up “they/it” pronouns. 

    A forested area in DeKalb County, which has been set aside for the construction of a police and firefighting training center, has been occupied by woke activists for many months now, who call it “cop city.” 

    As masked, black-clad Antifa thugs descended upon downtown Atlanta on Saturday night, they started lighting fireworks and throwing rocks.

Patrick Swanson / January 15,2023

FBI Raided Overseas Chinese Government Police Station in New York, Seized Materials: Report

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FBI Raided Overseas Chinese Government Police Station in New York, Seized Materials: Report

 

 

FBI counterintelligence agents raided the New York office of an alleged overseas Chinese government police station sometime in fall 2022, The New York Times reported Thursday.

During the raid, federal authorities reportedly seized materials from the third-floor office of America Changle Association, a Manhattan Chinatown organization that claims to serve overseas Chinese, according to the report, which cites FBI agents who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The report comes several months after the Daily Caller News Foundation revealed in October that a March 2021 video conference between Changle and Chinese government officials had identified Lu Jianwang, Changle’s former chairman, as a “propagandist” and “special liaison officer” who worked with the United Front Work Department (UFWD).

The UFWD is a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) agency that has engaged in “clandestine foreign intelligence work, propaganda and influence operations,” according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

FBI Raided Overseas Chinese Government Police Station in New York, Seized Materials: ReportThe overseas Chinese government police station allegedly stationed within Changle’s New York office is reportedly linked to an international Chinese police unit known as 110 Overseas, headquartered in Fuzhou in China’s Fujian province, according to a report from Safeguard Defenders, a human rights group which first revealed the existence of Beijing’s global police network in September.

Patrick Swanson / January 15,2023

Bainbridge, GA – Two Killed in Fatal Collision on Hannatown Rd

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Bainbridge, GA – Two Killed in Fatal Collision on Hannatown Rd
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    According to Georgia State Patrol officials, the accident happened at the intersection of Hannatown Road and Jep Martin Road. Police confirmed that a Toyota Corolla and a Chevrolet pickup truck were traveling in the area when they collided with each other due to reasons that are not yet known. Both vehicles sustained severe damages in the accident.

    Paramedics, fire crews, and several other responders were called to the scene to help those in need. The 22-year-old driver of the Toyota, as well as his 18-year-old passenger, were both tragically pronounced deceased at the scene due to traumatic injuries. Five people inside the pickup truck sustained injuries in the collision, including the 23-year-old driver and several passengers. Two of the injured victims were identified as a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old. The parties were seriously injured and hospitalized.

    The roadway was blocked in several lanes at the intersection for some time as police worked to clear the scene.

    No further details have been released. The investigation into the circumstances of the collision continues.

    We offer our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victims who have lost their lives in this accident. We hope that the injured parties also receive a full recovery from their injuries.

Patrick Swanson / January 14,2023

2 women hospitalized after Uber shooting in Northwest DC

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Police are providing more details on a Northwest D.C. shooting that hospitalized two women traveling by Uber early Saturday morning.

Police are providing more details on a Northwest D.C. shooting that hospitalized two women traveling by Uber early Saturday morning.

According to a police report obtained by WTOP, officers responded around 12:45 a.m. Saturday to the 600 block of Morton St. NW, near the intersection with Georgia Avenue, on reports of a shooting and property damage.

A driver told police she was waiting to cross Georgia Avenue from Morton Street, when an unknown assailant driving a gray or silver Hyundai Elantra heading southbound on Georgia Avenue began to shoot in her direction, causing damage to her car’s hood and driver-side fender.

Police said two female victims who were wounded from the shooting were discovered at a nearby hospital later in the morning. Both were inside an Uber rideshare at the time of the shooting.

One of the victims told police their Uber was at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street when she heard “what she believed were fireworks.”

She said that after sensing “a warm feeling on her leg,” she realized that she had been shot. At the same time, the other victim in the Uber also realized she had been shot.

The driver of the Uber, who has not been identified, drove the two victims to a hospital, according to the police report.

An Uber spokesperson told WTOP that the “senseless act of violence is sickening and we hope the injured riders recover quickly. We commend the driver for his quick action in getting help for the victims and are grateful he is uninjured.”

Patrick Swanson / January 13,2023

Sen. Warnock supports special counsel in Biden classified documents case

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(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice was right to appoint a special counsel to investigate President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents, Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock said on Sunday.

“Classified documents are to be taken seriously and they are to be handled with a great deal of care and no one is above the law,” Warnock told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl. “So I’m glad to see the Justice Department doing its work, and we ought to let that work proceed.”

The White House has acknowledged that multiple sets of documents with classified markings, including those from Biden’s time as vice president, were found at an old office that Biden used and at his home in Delaware.

On “This Week,” Karl pressed Warnock: “The White House knew about this back in November, even before the midterms. Do you think that they should have told us about this earlier?”

“The Justice Department is engaged in the investigation and that’s one of the questions that I think they will explore. And I don’t want to get in front of that investigation,” Warnock said.

He also said he was “glad to see that the president and his administration are cooperating.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that a special counsel, Robert Hur, would lead the investigation into the Biden documents. The White House has stressed that it was Biden’s team who first flagged the materials to the government and that they intend to be cooperative.

“We need to get to the bottom of this so that we don’t see this kind of thing happen again,” Warnock said on “This Week.”

Patrick Swanson / January 08,2023

“I Would Not Want to Be Prosecuted by Fani Willis”: Is Trump Going to Be Criminally Indicted in Georgia?

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As we’ve long noted around these parts, it’s basically a full-time job to keep up with the legal affairs of Donald Trump, and the various ways he stands to be—and in some cases, has already been—civilly and criminally screwed. At present, one of the most pressing situations involves Fulton County, Georgia, and its district attorney’s investigation into the ex-president’s attempt to overturn the election there.

On Monday, the special grand jury that was convened last May to investigate Trump, as well as his allies, wrapped up its work, according to the judge who oversaw the proceedings. On January 24, a hearing will be held to decide whether or not to make the grand jury’s report public, which is what the jury recommended. And while it’s not clear if criminal charges will be brought generally, or against Trump specifically, people who know Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis have suggested the former guy should be at least somewhat concerned.

Per The Washington Post:

Patrick Swanson / January 06,2023

‘Don’t feel safe’: Brightwood planning community meeting after deadly shooting

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Residents in D.C.’s Brightwood neighborhood say they’re concerned about safety, after a shooting on Georgia Avenue this week left one man dead and three other people injured.

A longtime D.C. resident recently told Kim Patterson, a newly-elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and vice president of the Brightwood Community Association, that she no longer plans to take the bus from Georgia Avenue downtown.

The woman’s brother had previously mentioned that he wasn’t comfortable with his sister taking the bus from the busy corridor, and she initially resisted. But now, she’s planning to begin driving to work, Patterson said.

In the aftermath of Tuesday night’s shooting, which left a man dead and three others injured, including an 8-year-old, Brightwood residents are frustrated and concerned about violent crimes in the neighborhood. Community leaders are working to schedule a meeting with D.C. police and representatives from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office to address some of their concerns.

“Generally, after the incident on Georgia Avenue, many of the residents and the homeowners and neighbors are very concerned about their safety,” Patterson said. “They don’t feel safe, [and] they don’t feel that they can walk across the street to Georgia Avenue to do whatever they may want to do.”

There were several shootings across the city on Monday, and in Tuesday night’s incident in the 6200 block of Georgia Avenue, two suspects got out into traffic and fired shots toward young men standing near another car. One man, identified as 33-year-old Benjie Byers, was killed. Two other men and the 8-year-old were taken to the hospital.

D.C. police haven’t responded to WTOP’s request for an update on their conditions.

Patrick Swanson / January 06,2023

Swim teacher in Georgia charged after 4-year-old drowns in deep end of pool during swim lesson

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Swim teacher in Georgia charged after 4-year-old drowns in deep end of pool during swim lesson

Swim teacher in Georgia charged after 4-year-old drowns in deep end of pool during swim lessonSwim teacher in Georgia charged after 4-year-old drowns in deep end of pool during swim lesson

  • Officials charged a swim teacher with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter after a student drowned.
  • Police initially declined to charge Lexie Tenhuisen in July, reports say.
  • Israel “Izzy” Scott, 4, was found in the deep end of a backyard pool, according to reports.

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Months after a 4-year-old Georgia boy drowned during a swimming lesson, officials have criminally charged his swim instructor.

Lexie Tenhuisen faces a misdemeanor involuntary-manslaughter charge for the drowning death of  Israel “Izzy” Scott in June 2022 after law enforcement initially decided against criminal prosecution, Blavity reported via Yahoo.

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