Mayor Andre Dickens of Atlanta took a stand against the establishment media and political figures who have falsely characterized the anti-police riots that devastated his city overnight as not violent, instead he defined it as the more accurate “domestic terrorism.”
Dickens appeared on “Face The Nation” Sunday with CBS’ Margaret Brennan. In a panel assembled to discuss crime and violence afflicting American cities, Brennan asked Dickens to update her audience on the “protests” that followed the death of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, who had reportedly shot a Georgia Patrol Trooper.
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Dickens pushed back on the characterization of the events as protests explaining that they devolved into violence. He noted the so-called ‘protestors,’ “had explosives,” “burned down a police car,” and “broke windows at businesses,” according to Fox News.
When asked about the riot that broke out in Atlanta, Georgia, following the death of a demonstrator, Mayor Andre Dickens says some of those responsible are “arrested” and “if they come into Atlanta, again, to wreak havoc, they will be arrested again.” pic.twitter.com/NpvsJVEseq
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“And so our police department, along with our state and federal partners, took swift action within two blocks and brought that situation under control,” Dickens told Brennan.
“And the violence stopped, and those six individuals were arrested. And it should be noted that these individuals were not Atlanta or Georgia residents. Most of them traveled into our city to wreak havoc. And so, we love to support people when they’re doing right, peaceful protest is a part of the American — our freedoms, but when you are violent, we will make sure that you get held accountable.”
In response to Brennan asking about the nature of the crimes and whether they are “domestic terrorism” Dickens explained, “The crimes range from violence to domestic terrorism to assault battery and some other things.”
He added, “But yes, it is violent when someone turns to burn down a police car or breakout windows or have explosives on them. ”
Dickens declined to state whether the groups involved were connected with Black Lives Matter or Democrats saying, “I don’t get into the names. I don’t know all the organizations. I’ll let y’all decide who did it.”
He warned that some of the people responsible were “arrested” and added, “if they come into Atlanta, again, to wreak havoc, they will be arrested again.”
Multiple outlets reported that the “Scenes from the Atlanta Forest” Twitter account, which is now suspended from the platform, explicitly called for “reciprocal violence” against law enforcement.
They wrote, “Consider this a call for reciprocal violence to be done to the police and their allies. On Friday, January 20th, wherever you are, you are invited to participate in a night of rage in order to honor the memory of our fallen comrade,” according to The Post Millennial.