At least 4 protesters taken into custody near proposed police training facility

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Law enforcement officers took several protesters into custody Thursday morning during a raid.

Atlanta police and DeKalb County police were at a location along Key Road in Atlanta around 1:30 a.m.

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Channel 2′s Steve Gelbach said he saw at least four protesters being taken into custody at the scene.

The protesters called themselves the “Forest Defenders” and said they were trying to stop the construction of Atlanta’s new public safety training facility.


The incident happened in the same area where the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said a protester shot a Georgia State Patrol trooper on Wednesday morning and was later killed by officers during a raid at the site.

On Wednesday night, a group of protesters held a vigil for the protester who officers shot.

Channel 2 Action News reached out to Atlanta and DeKalb police for more information about Thursday morning’s raid, but the agencies have not responded.

The proposed facility would take up an 85-acre plot off Key Road in the largest urban forest in metro Atlanta. Protesters fear it would be bad for the community and the environment.

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