Last month, Democratic Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis caused a stir when she charged former President Donald Trump with violations of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
As the daughter of a prominent Black Panther, it appears Willis may have inadvertently given her fellow leftists cause for concern, as Republican attorney general Chris Carr made clear Tuesday by indicting 61 radicals under the same law.
The Associated Press reported that, with the shoe now on the other foot, leftists were expressing their disapproval of the RICO charges, labeling them as “anti-democratic.”
Leftist militants have long opposed the construction of the new $90 million police training center in Dekalb County’s South River Forest, employing tactics such as violence and intimidation to achieve their goals.
However, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has made it clear that such behavior will not be tolerated, emphasizing that “domestic terrorism will NOT be tolerated in this state. … We will not rest until those who use violence and intimidation for an extremist end are brought to justice.”
In January, Attorney General Chris Carr warned extremists that their illegal activities would not be tolerated in Georgia. He declared, “We are not Oregon. We are not California. We are not Washington. You cannot come to our state, break our laws, throw rocks at buildings, damage property, and shoot police officers. You can and you will be charged, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
Subsequently, numerous individuals connected with the “Stop Cop City” movement have been charged with domestic terrorism offenses as well as felony intimidation for allegedly distributing flyers accusing a state trooper of murder.
Three were even indicted on charities fraud and money laundering charges in May due to their involvement with the Atlanta Solidarity Fund.
Regardless of the outcome, it appears that Carr is not taking any chances. If convicted under RICO, the extremists’ sentences could be significantly increased.
On Tuesday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis issued a sweeping indictment against 61 members of Defend the Atlanta Forest, an anarchist-leaning organization that has been vocal in its opposition to police and businesses. In a statement released by her office, Willis characterized DAF as an “anti-police, anti-business extremist organization.”
At a press conference announcing the charges, Willis said: “As the indictment asserts, members of Defend the Atlanta Forest subscribe to a philosophy of anarchy.
They hold a core belief that society should abolish police, government, and private business. And as further alleged they’re willing to bring about such changes ‘by any means necessary’,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Georgia Attorney General’s Office has announced the indictment of 61 individuals on charges of conspiracy to prevent the construction of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.
Allegedly, these defendants “conducted, coordinated, and organized acts of violence, intimidation, and property destruction in Fulton County, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and other states” in order to obstruct its progress. Forty-three of those indicted had previously faced terrorism charges. Though only 13 are from Georgia itself, all 61 face serious legal consequences if convicted.
As this indictment shows, looking the other way when violence occurs is not an option in Georgia,” said Carr.
“If you come to our state and shoot a police officer, throw Molotov cocktails at law enforcement, set fire to police vehicles, damage construction equipment, vandalize private homes and businesses, and terrorize their occupants, you can and will be held accountable,”
Carr continued. “We will not waver when it comes to keeping people safe, enforcing the rule of law, and ensuring those who engage in criminal activity are vigorously pursued and aggressively prosecuted.”
The indictments have revealed a series of 225 incidents of violence, vandalism, and intimidation related to the “Night of Rage” planned for January 21st, 2023.
This was in response to a police-involved shooting that saw an extremist shoot a Georgia State Patrol trooper in the stomach. In response to this incident, anti-police radicals expressed their outrage with law enforcement officers taking action against the shooter.
Jared Dowell, son of House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), was caught participating in these events as he assaulted an officer and vandalized a Boston monument by writing “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB.”
Other violent acts included firebombings on police officers and law enforcement offices; attacks on firefighters and medics; sabotage on construction equipment; and intimidation efforts at the home of at least one state trooper.
These acts demonstrate a clear pattern of aggression from left-wing extremists towards authorities attempting to enforce justice and restore order.
Greg Bluestein, a journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, confirmed that the same Fulton County grand jury was used to indict both President Donald Trump and his co-defendants as well as 61 leftists. The case has been assigned to Kimberly Esmond Adams, a judge from Fulton County Superior Court.
In response to the indictments brought against protestors, legal observers, and bail funds associated with the Cop City protest, the Cop City Vote Coalition condemned them as “authoritarian” and “anti-democratic,” asserting that they are designed to intimidate those who have opposed the police training center. The ACLU also expressed deep concern over these indictments, characterizing them as “unprecedented.”