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March Indypendent: Inside the Struggle over Cop City
The effort to save a forest in Atlanta from becoming the country's largest police-training facility has become the latest flashpoint in the struggle over the future of policing. In January, Manuel Paez Terán, also known as “Tortuguita,” was shot and killed in their tent by police while more than 40 forest defenders have been jailed on trumped-up domestic terrorism charges. Activists have responded with protests in dozens of cities including New York. The Indy’s Amba Guerguerian recently traveled to Atlanta and took a deep dive into the movement to defend the Weelaunee Forest while exploring the backstory of a piece of land whose history is tortured as that of the state and the country it is located in.
Stop Cop City: The Fight for a Forest and the Future of American Policing by Amba Guerguerian
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