Protesters say 22 people detained as APD serves arrest warrant near proposed training facility

ATLANTA — Atlanta police confirmed with Channel 2 Action News that they serving an arrest warrant near the site of the proposed Atlanta police training facility on Saturday.

This comes after neighbors in the area told Channel 2 that police had been in the area since around 7 a.m.

Channel 2 also received information from a group that claimed the following:

Earlier this morning, 22 people have been detained by Atlanta Police Department and Homeland Security during a raid at the site of the Lakewood Environmental Arts Foundation (LEAF), a community resource that has distributed fresh food to the local community for the last 6 years.

The agencies entered the house with AR15′s, aimed long guns at those who were detained and refused to provide an arrest warrant, saying it was offsite. One person has been arrested for an old traffic ticket highlighting the desperation of the state to find any reason to make arrests to repress the movement to Stop Cop City.

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Channel 2′s Justin Carter was at the scene on Meador Avenue where he spotted dozens of APD units leaving the area just before noon.

APD was unable to provide any information on how many people were arrested or detained.


Channel 2 also reached out to APD asking them for additional information, at this time police say there is no additional information available.

All of this comes after organizers held a rally at Gresham Park last Saturday stating it was the kickoff for a week-long event where thousands of visitors are expected to tour the forested area.

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