SPLC defends lawyer arrested for alleged domestic terrorism

The far-left defamation organization known as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has defended one of its lawyers after police arrested him on alleged domestic terrorism charges.

As Breitbart News reported Monday, far-left agitators reportedly threw Molotov cocktails and set off fireworks at an Atlanta police training facility under construction over the weekend. Among the 23 people arrested for what police called a “coordinated attack” is Thomas Jurgens, 28, a staff lawyer with the SPLC. After the arrest, Jurgens’ Linkedin page was deleted. Jurgens is from Georgia but was reportedly with people from out of state.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) did not comment on the alleged violence that unfolded over the weekend, defending Jurgens as a “legal observer” of the protest.

“An SPLC employee was arrested while acting – and identifying himself – as a legal observer on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). The employee is an experienced legal observer and their arrest is not evidence of a crime, but evidence of a police crackdown on protesters,” the organization said.

“This is part of a months-long escalation of police tactics against protesters and observers who oppose the destruction of the Weelaunee forest to build a police training center,” it continued. “The SPLC has and will continue to push for the de-escalation of violence and police use of force against black, brown and Indigenous communities – working with these communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and promote the human rights of to promote all people. ”

During the weekend’s demonstration, protesters allegedly threw Molotov cocktails, fireworks, bricks and stones at police officers. Atlanta Police Chief Schierbaum later described it as a “coordinated attack” and that multiple construction equipment had been set on fire.

“This was a very violent attack, a very violent attack,” Schierbaum said. “This was not about a public safety training center. This was about anarchy…and we’ll get to that soon.”

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, some left-wing agitators even tried to blind police officers by shining green lasers in their eyes.

Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp also condemned the violence, calling it an act of “domestic terrorism”.

“As I’ve said before, domestic terrorism is NOT tolerated in this state,” Kemp said. “We will not rest until those who use violence and intimidation for an extremist cause are fully brought to justice.”

The SPLC’s listing of conservatives alongside legitimate hate groups almost had deadly consequences in 2013 when domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins II attempted a mass shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC) after the SPLC designated it as a hate group.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote in the Washington Post that the center’s use of “hate” labels destroys public discourse.

“The corruption of the SPLC blacklist lies in the fact that it mixes groups that genuinely preach hate, such as the Ku Klux Klan and Nation of Islam, with groups that simply do not share the SPLC’s political affiliations,” he wrote. The obvious goal is to marginalize the organizations in this second category by bullying reporters into avoiding them, deterring writers and researchers from working for them, and limiting invitations for them to discuss their work. “

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