Atlanta, GA – A protester was shot and killed by police Wednesday morning, January 18, in the midst of a multi-jurisdictional raid on the Atlanta Forest, also known as the Weelaunee Forest, in DeKalb County, southeast of Atlanta.
Update 1/19/23 at 4:30 p.m. EST:
The protester killed by police has been identified as Manuel Terán, a forest defender who also went by the nickname Tortuguita or Tort. Terán was from Tallahassee, Florida and traveled to Atlanta to participate in the effort to protect the forest. Terán’s identity was first reported by the Atlanta Community Press Collective.
For the past year, Terán spent their time between Atlanta and Florida, where they participated in Tallahassee Food Not Bombs and disaster relief efforts through building housing for low income communities hit by hurricanes.
“They were a trained medic, a loving partner, a dear friend, a brave soul, and so much more,” wrote friends of Terán in a statement posted on Instagram.
“In Manuel’s name, we continue to fight to protect the forest and stop cop city with love, rage, and a commitment to each other’s safety and well-being.”
Instagram statement by stopcopcity
Throughout the day and into the night, efforts to extract forest defenders from the trees continued, with arborists cutting down trees and tree houses in an effort to remove protesters. At least nineteen people were arrested throughout the day, six of whom were charged with “domestic terrorism,” according to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. Others were charged with “criminal trespassing.”