Last Updated on March 6, 2023


An attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center is among the 23 far-left demonstrators facing domestic terrorism charges stemming from an attack on an Atlanta Police training facility dubbed “cop city” by extremists. The far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has repeatedly worked with media outlets, tech companies and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to define and identify “right-wing extremists” and “white supremacists.”

Thomas Webb Jurgens, 28, was one of nearly two dozen people who were detained on Sunday after allegedly attacking the facility with Molotov cocktails and other explosives. The site has been attacked repeatedly with similar weapons over the past two years, with law enforcement and construction workers being among the targets. In response, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has doled out “domestic terrorism” charges on multiple occasions.

Jurgens is a staff attorney with SPLC according to the State Bar of Georgia and his since-deleted LinkedIn page. He was detained along with nearly two dozen people in connection with the attacks on Sunday. Of the arrested far-left militants, all but two came from outside the state of Georgia.

Jurgens was one of the only two Georgia residents arrested in connection with the latest attack. Police said the majority of those arrested are from other parts of the US — as well as France and Canada.

Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum described the attack as “coordinated” and said multiple pieces of construction equipment were set on fire at the 85-acre site outside of the city.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety also said militants tried to blind officers by shining green lasers in their eyes. Surveillance video captured officers ducking for cover as militants tossed projectiles and explosives in their direction.

“This was a very violent attack, very violent attack,” Schierbaum said at a midnight press conference. “This wasn’t about a public safety training center. This was about anarchy … and we are addressing that quickly.”

It is unclear how many individuals will be facing domestic terrorism charges in connection with the attack.

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