23 face domestic terrorism charges after protests at planned Atlanta police training site

Last updated March 7, 2023 @ 4:40 PM ET

The following was taken from a press release distributed by the Atlanta Police Department:

Fulton County (March 5, 2023) – On March 5, 2023, 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. They changed into black clothing and entered the construction area and began to throw large rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks at police officers.

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.

The illegal actions of the agitators could have resulted in bodily harm. Officers exercised restraint and used non-lethal enforcement to conduct arrests.

With protests planned for the coming days, the Atlanta Police Department, in collaboration with law enforcement partners, have a multi-layered strategy that includes reaction and arrest.

The Atlanta Police Department asks for this week’s protests to remain peaceful. 

Arrestee information: 23 total

All were charged with Domestic Terrorism- The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is the charging agency.

Beaman, Jack10/2000GA
King, Ayla4/2004MA
Pipes, Kamryn1/1996LA
Gates, Maggie12/1997IN
Nottingham, Ehret10/2000CO
Paplai, Alexis5/1974MA
Bilodeau, Timothy7/1997MA
Puertas, Victor11/1976UT
LeNy, Dimitri11/1997France
Chaoui, Amin9/1991VA
Marsicano, James3/1993NC
Ward, Samuel2/1997AZ
Biederman, Max9/1997AZ
Luini, Mattia9/1992NY
Bogush, Emma5/1998CT
Meissner, Kayley4/2003WI
Harper, Luke10/1995FL
Martin, Grace4/2000WI
Dorsey, Colin11/1980ME
Robert-Paul, Fredrique6/1988Canada
Larmey, Zoe8/1997TN
Jurgens, Thomas2/1995GA
Grim, Priscilla3/1974NY