A proposed police training facility (dubbed "Cop City") in Atlanta, Georgia has drawn a mix of activists and protestors intent on putting a stop to the plans. According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor, police say they have gone beyond trespassing and are destroying property and using violence to push an ideology and endanger public safety. Some protestors are now facing domestic terrorism charges, and experts, including Professor Patrick Keenan, have concerns about the use of domestic terrorism statutes in cases such as this.
Laws intended to deal with international terrorism like 9/11 “are used more often in ordinary domestic crimes ... [so] they become regularized, normalized,” he says. “There is a risk to attaching the wrong label to crime.”
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