GBI says there’s no bodycam footage of fatal Jan 18 incident on site of future ‘Cop City’

(ATLANTA, Ga.) — In continuing coverage of a story previously reported on at WSB Radio, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) made a press release stating that no bodycam footage of the shooting was captured. Footage of the aftermath, however, does exist.

On January 18 of this year Georgia state troopers and Atlanta police approached protestors on the site of the future police training facility that opponents have dubbed ‘Cop City.’ State troopers claim that a protestor, identified as Manuel Esteban ‘Tortuguita’ Paez Teran, 26, fired first and hit a trooper in the abdomen, prompting return fire that ultimately killed him.

The press release also stated that Manuel Esteban “Tortuguita” Paez Teran legally purchased the firearm, a Smith & Wesson 9mm, in September of 2020.

Forensic data released by the GBI confirmed that the shot which wounded the state trooper was fired from the gun registered to Teran.

In response to Teran’s death and inaction on the training facility, a protest was organized in Downtown Atlanta. It ultimately became destructive, with an APD patrol car set on fire and windows broken. Local and state leaders condemn the damage, maintaining that peaceful protestors use words instead of actions.

Over ten protestors have now been charged with domestic terrorism. Protestors have disputed the charges, calling for an independent investigation into what’s become a series of incidents on the site.

The footage has not yet been released by the police.





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