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In DeKalb County, Georgia on Tuesday, the 23 people charged with domestic terrorism for the violent attack on police officers and the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Facility appeared before Judge Anna Davis for their bond hearing.
While nearly all were denied bond at this time, with Davis citing concerns for future threats to the community, 28-year-old Thomas Webb Jurgens, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, was granted a $5,000 bond.
“Simply because you’re an attorney doesn’t mean you can’t commit a crime,” Davis stated.
Both parties had come to an agreement on a consent order, which requires Jurgens to not contact any of the codefendants in the case, as well as not visit the training site, where fires were set and police officers were attacked with rocks, fireworks, and other projectiles on Sunday.
Davis stated that there needed to be some sort of monetary bond issued given the severity of the domestic terrorism charges, and cited the potential risk to the community.
In a statement, the National Lawyers Guild said, “Law enforcement detained at least 35 demonstrators in Atlanta on Sunday, including an NLG Legal Observer. All of these arrests are part of ongoing state repression and violence against racial and environmental justice protesters, who are fighting to defend their communities from the harms of militarized policing and environmental degradation. Each of these instances, including the many protesters charged with domestic terrorism, make clear that law enforcement views movement activists as enemies of the state.”
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