Workers in downtown Atlanta say chaos against police forced businesses to close, impacting their money
Protests against the police, which escalated into violence in downtown Atlanta on Saturday night, affected businesses and robbed workers of money, some who work in the city say.
Masked activists dressed all in black threw rocks and lit fireworks in front of the skyscraper that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation, breaking large glass windows. They then set the police car on fire, smashed more windows and sprayed anti-cop graffiti on the walls as the stunned tourists fled.
Warning tape was also wrapped around several buildings, including at the Wells Fargo facility, which had several windows broken, photos from the scene show.
Lillian Copeland, who worked at a nearby restaurant that was forced to close during violent protests, told WSB-TV that the chaos interrupted what should have been a busy evening and hit her wallet.
“They had a lot of reservations about the books and everything,” she said. “So I was hoping to make, you know, some money.”
Sam McClendon, a downtown CVS worker, told the station he was also affected after the store was forced to close.
“We had to close the store,” he said. “This is my job. This is how I make money and it affects me.”
Protests erupted on Saturday over the death of a 26-year-old environmental activist. Manuel Esteban Paez Teran.
Teran was shot and killed by a Georgia state patrol after authorities said Teran shot and wounded a state soldier who was trying to clear protesters from a construction site for a new public safety training center dubbed “Police City” by activists.
Atlanta police on Sunday identified six suspects, all but one out-of-state, involved in the violence.
The suspects included 24-year-old Nadia Geyer of Nashville, Tennessee; Madeleine Feola, 22, from Spokane, Washington; Ivan Ferguson, 23, from Nevada; Graham Evatt, 20, Decatur, Georgia; Francis Carroll, 22, from Kennebunkport; and Emily Murphy, 37, from Gross Isle, Michigan.
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Each of the six face a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, including second-degree criminal damage, first-degree arson, interference with public property, and domestic terrorism.
Daniel Wallace of Fox News and
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