Man accused of torching police bikes in assault authorities have linked to ‘Cop Metropolis’ protests – WABE

A person in Atlanta was arrested Thursday on prices that he torched eight police bikes final summer time, certainly one of about two dozen acts of arson that officers have linked to protests in opposition to a deliberate police and firefighter coaching facility that opponents have dubbed “Cop Metropolis.”

John Robert Mazurek, 30, was charged with first-degree arson in reference to the early July 1 assault within the parking deck of a southeast Atlanta police precinct, Police Chief Darin Schierbaum introduced throughout a information convention.

Nobody was injured, however Schierbaum stated a police officer was contained in the precinct on the time and will have been killed if the arsonists’ flames had unfold to the constructing.

Mazurek was arrested Thursday morning whereas authorities served search warrants at three native houses that investigators consider would possibly comprise proof in reference to the assaults, officers stated. It’s unclear whether or not he has an lawyer who may touch upon the cost — Fulton County’s on-line courtroom information are presently unavailable because of a latest hack.

The police chief pledged that extra arrests will come and reiterated {that a} $200,000 reward nonetheless stands for data that may assist authorities establish those that have dedicated the assorted assaults in opposition to police automobiles and building gear.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens stated the assaults have been carried out by extremists who’ve no real interest in security or public order.

“They need chaos,” Dickens stated.

Dickens and others say the deliberate $109 million coaching middle would substitute insufficient coaching services and assist tackle difficulties in hiring and retaining law enforcement officials that worsened after 2020’s nationwide protests in opposition to police brutality and racial injustice.

Opponents fear the power will result in larger militarization of the police and that its building will exacerbate environmental injury in a poor, majority-Black space. They’re hoping to power a referendum on constructing the challenge, although that’s presently mired in a authorized battle. Sixty-one individuals had been indicted in September on racketeering prices in reference to the motion.

“You’ll be able to chant all day lengthy, ‘If you happen to construct it, we’ll burn it,’” Schierbaum stated, referring to a preferred chorus amongst “Cease Cop Metropolis” activists. “However should you set police vehicles on fireplace, we’re going to search out you, and we’re going to arrest you.”


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