The Bloomingtonian reached out to the Fulton County Prosecutor (Atlanta, Georgia) last week to request how to obtain the probable cause affidavit for the arrest of 25-year-old Bloomington resident Maggie June Gates and has not received a response. However, other media outlets have since obtained the PC.
Gates was arrested during a music festival in Atlanta, Georgia on March 5, 2023, and preliminarily charged with domestic terrorism. Gates is being denied bail and could face years in prison if convicted.
The IDS reported reaching out to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and being told if any records are released, it will take weeks to get them.
The Bloomingtonian reached out to the public relations professional at the Fulton County Prosecutor’s office and didn’t receive any response. The Bloomingtonian requested the probable cause affidavit and any other records available to the public in the arrest of Gates.
Activists are disputing the police narrative from March 5, 2023, when 23 people were arrested at a music festival after construction equipment at the site of “cop city” was set on fire. The two events were at separate locations, according to activists.
The Intercept is reporting the police in Georgia are claiming in a probable affidavit the attendees of the festival had mud on their shoes:
““We haven’t seen a charge for arson or interference with government property,” said Eli Bennett, the attorney for several defendants, describing the arrest warrants during Tuesday’s bond hearing. “The state has no evidence,” he said, adding that Georgia’s domestic terrorism statute is “laughably unconstitutional,” — The Intercept.
Black activists are calling out the Atlanta Police department for using the language of segregationists of the 1960s in a press release after the arrest:
““It is “akin to a southern segregationist narrative by calling organizers and activists ‘outside agitators,’” activist Kamau Franklin tells ESSENCE.”
Here is a link to more information about the arrest, and “cop city”