A man from Maine was arrested on March 5 and charged with domestic terrorism following his participation in coordinated violent attacks on construction equipment and police officers at the proposed site of a police training facility outside Atlanta.
Colin Dorsey, 42, was arrested and charged along with 22 other people. Atlanta Police did not identify where in Maine Dorsey resides.
The attack on law enforcement took place at the proposed site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. Activists affiliated with “Antifa” have staged protests at the site for several months now.
“[A] group of violent agitators used the cover of a peaceful protest of the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center to conduct a coordinated attack on construction equipment and police officers,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement.
“They changed into black clothing and entered the construction area and began to throw large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks at police officers,” they said. “The agitators destroyed multiple pieces of construction equipment by fire and vandalism. Multiple law enforcement agencies deployed to the area and detained several people committing illegal activity. 35 agitators have been detained so far.”
Among the other arrestees was Thomas Jurgens, a staff attorney with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center.
A Kennebunkport man has previously been arrested on two occasions for his participation in what police have called domestic terrorism at the same location.