There continues to be no public police response to the killing of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran. A private autopsy found they had been shot at least thirteen times. Their body was so badly mangled the exact count could not be made.
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WUPA) – The family of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran joined attorneys and advocates at a press conference on Monday, February 6, demanding the Georgia Bureau of Investigation release details on its investigation into the officer-involved shooting death of Teran.
The family’s attorneys said Teran, who was also known as Tortuguita and went by the pronouns they and them, was shot about 13 times with different guns, based on an independent autopsy. Teran’s mother, Belkis Teran, said the activist, who was born on April 23, 1996, was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an associate’s degree in Sociology. During the press conference, she and her husband described Teran’s passion for preserving the environment and inspiring people, as well as the tragedy of losing one of their children.
Family of Manuel Teran demands GBI release info on deadly police shooting by Velencia Jones, CW69Atlanta, 2/7/2023
The idea of “Cop City” came after the uprisings in 2020 when the police-perpetrated murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and here in Atlanta, Rashad Brooks, began a new call for defunding and/or abolishing the police. While communities wrestled with the idea of alternative forms of public safety, the Black-led city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Atlanta Police Department, corporations and institutions in Atlanta as diverse as Morehouse, Spellman, Coca-Cola, the Atlanta Hawks, AT&T, and others, put down their Black Lives Matter signs and started planning a $90 million complex to demonstrate their commitment to police and to develop a tactical site that could stop mass movements. These institutions worked with corporate media to shift the narrative from police violence to a focus on “crime,” where the police were again centered as the solution to all our problems. Once the plans to build Cop City became known to the public, opposition emerged immediately. Although public opinion surveys have shown that 70 percent of Atlanta is against it, the city and its corporate friends have continued to move forward with construction.
But just like King, the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, the Black Power movement and the climate movement, we continue to move forward. This campaign to Stop Cop City has participants from all of the above. It is a diverse grouping of organizations, community groups, loose confederations and individuals who continue to fight against the building of Cop City, the criminalization of a movement and in the defense of those falsely charged as terrorists for sitting in trees. It is after these arrests that we have all continued in a weekend of solidarity to fight back against Cop City. We have had multiple trainings, demonstrations, banner droppings and teach-ins, among other organizing efforts. Now, more than ever, the campaign to Stop Cop City needs support to show that movements of people will not be intimidated by state violence and its corporate backers. In the midst of worsening climate change, killing a forest and displacing a Black working-class community for the sake of a militarized police base must be stopped.MLK’s Vision Lives On in Atlanta’s Fight Against New Police Training Facility. Plans for the “Cop City” in the heart of a working-class Black community include a mock city to practice urban warfare by Kamau Franklin, TRUTHOUT, January 17, 2023
Trigger warning: police murder
Last Wednesday, January 18th, militarized police raided Atlanta’s Weelaunee Forest and murdered Manuel “Tortuguita” Esteban Paez Teran. Tort was camping within the forest alongside other activists in order to defend the land and stop the destruction of 300 acres of the Atlanta Forest for a $90 million dollar “Cop City” to be developed. If built, Cop City will become the largest police training facility in the United States. Set to be designed as a military style compound, Cop City will serve as a model for police militarization where police will undergo urban warfare training, crowd control methods, bomb testing, and more to suppress and further impose racial violence on our communities.
Tort dedicated their life to mutual aid and climate activism. They preached non-violence in the face of state oppression. Buffalo Rebellion supports the demand for an independent investigation into the killing of Tort and rejects the police narrative. We see Tort’s work as a north star, guiding us even in their last moments, showing us that protecting the land from generations of violence and greed is worth our last breath.
As we write this message, the racist Governor of Georgia is calling in military troops to quell protest in response to police murdering another Black man, Tyre Nichols. In fact, police killed more people in 2022 than ever before. Cops protect the status quo, capitalist exploitation of oppressed people and the planet to enrich a few. We are not safe until we rise up to abolish these systems completely and build a new world belonging to all.
We call on everyone to rise in solidarity. There is power and safety in numbers. We urge you to visit the link in our bio for ways to take action now. Defend the Atlanta Forest. Defend the Earth. Defend our lives.
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