‘Cop City’ Protesters Vandalize Cumberland Office
May 13 – CUMBERLAND – Slogans that have enlivened a small but devoted protest movement were scrawled in black paint in an office building near The Battery Atlanta on Thursday: “No forest no peace”, “trees not cops” and, above all, “stop cop city.”
At least two people were arrested Thursday in a parking lot across from the vandalized building at 2999 Circle 75 Parkway, which houses the Metro Atlanta office of general contractor Brasfield and Gorrie. Cobb police did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
The Atlanta City Council voted last year to lease a wooded property in the city’s southeast, where the Atlanta Prison Farm once stood, for construction of a new police training facility. of 85 acres. The driving force behind the project – the Atlanta Police Foundation – argued that the facility was needed to replace an aging training ground and, in turn, crack down on crime, although construction is expected to take several years.
The proposal became a flashpoint for activists and community members who argued that the “police city” would destroy a vast expanse of urban forest.
Opposition groups have sprung up since the project was announced, including Stop Reeves Young. Last month, Stop Reeves Young posted on its blog a press release allegedly issued by activists, which claimed that “Reeves Young, a prominent Atlanta construction contractor, is no longer working with the Atlanta Police Foundation. on the development of Cop City”.
But, the statement continued, “the struggle continues. Brasfield & Gorrie, another major general contractor, remains with the project.”
In an email, Tracey Sibley, vice president of marketing at Brasfield and Gorrie, said no company employees were injured Thursday.
“We are working with Cobb County Police to better understand the incident,” she wrote. “Damage was minimal to the exterior of the building. We have a full-time Cobb County police officer on site for the remainder of the week and beyond while repairs are made to the building. We will be working with law enforcement to implement any additional safety recommendations.”
Sibley confirmed Thursday that Brasfield and Gorrie are working with the Atlanta Police Foundation to build the new Public Safety Training Center.
The Atlanta Police Foundation could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
—DOJ reporter Chart Riggall contributed to this report.