Unusual suspect among arrested ‘domestic terrorists’ 

An SPLC lawyer is among the 23 ‘Treehouse Antifa’ members arrested and charged with terrorism for attacking the Atlanta ‘Cop City’

Unusual suspect among arrested ‘domestic terrorists’ 

Unusual suspect among arrested ‘domestic terrorists’ 

An attorney with the FBI-advising SPLC has been accused of taking part in a ‘Treehouse Antifa’ riot

Authorities in the US state of Georgia have arrested 23 people and charged them with “domestic terrorism” after what they described as a “coordinated attack” on an Atlanta site where a police training center was under construction. Among those arrested is a lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group advising the FBI on extremism. 

identified on Monday as Thomas Jurgens, a staff attorney with the SPLC, a self-styled civil rights organization.

“This wasn’t about a public training center; this was about anarchy,” Atlanta police told reporters on Sunday evening, describing how “violent agitators” used the cover of a music festival to attack the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center construction site.

“large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks,” the police said, providing a video of the incident from the security cameras.

“Cop City will never be a legitimate project,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday evening, as quoted by the local outlet WSB-TV. “We stand steadfast in our conviction to build a new world in which all people are safe from police terror.”

“Yikes,” Congressman Rich McCormick, a Georgia Republican, tweeted in response. His colleague from North Carolina, Dan Bishop, wondered if the SPLC would now list itself as a “hate group.”

“a well-known, established and credible” organization that has provided briefings and advice since 2009. The FBI confirmed it “continues to have a relationship with the SPLC,” even though it is supposed to reevaluate relations with outside groups “as necessary to ensure the appropriateness of any interaction.”

“anti-Muslim extremist” promoting “hate-based violence.”