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Council’s Vote on ‘Cop City’ Unlikely to Change Despite $67 Million Cost to Taxpayers

Building “Cop City” might cost taxpayers more than double what Atlanta government leaders have been telling the public. But the revelation about the public safety training center’s price tag doesn’t seem to be changing lawmakers’ stances on the project.   Atlanta City Council members are scheduled to vote Monday on whether to greenlight $67 million to […]

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‘Cop City’ Could Cost Atlanta Taxpayers $67 Million

The legislation to fund the controversial public safety training center known as “Cop City”  is moving forward despite reports alleging it will cost Atlanta taxpayers twice what the mayor’s office has told the public.  City officials have previously said that the Atlanta Police Foundation would cover about two-thirds of the facility’s $90 million price tag, […]

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Why Atlanta College Students and Professors are Chanting, ‘Stop Cop City’

At a rally on Emory University’s quad earlier this week, Maresah Malcom, a senior from Decatur, joined just over 100 fellow students in protesting the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, also known as “Cop City.” Malcom said she came to the Stop Cop City demonstration because the facility is being built in the area where […]

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Meet Some of the Black Voices on Dickens’ ‘Cop City’ Community Task Force

English Park resident Donna Stephens is one of 40 people who accepted Mayor Andre Dickens’ invitation to sit on the South River Forest and Public Safety Training Facility task force. Stephens accepted the invitation in large part because she is concerned about the environmental implications tied to the training center known as “Cop City.” Stephens […]

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What Did Mayor Andre Dickens Say? Read Our State of the City Breakdown.

In case you missed it, Mayor Andre Dickens delivered his second State of the City address on Tuesday. Dickens spoke for just over half an hour, touching on everything from youth engagement programs and affordable housing to reiterating his support for the public safety training facility known as “Cop City.” “Today, I can tell you […]

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We Asked All 16 Members of the Atlanta City Council About ‘Cop City.’ Two Responded.

Land clearing is underway in the South River Forest where Atlanta is set to build its new public safety training center, nicknamed “Cop City.” As the community continues to debate the need for the facility, Atlanta City Council members have remained tight-lipped on the issue.  Back on Sept. 8, 2021, the council voted 10-4 in […]

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Yes, Black People Are Protesting ‘Cop City,’ Too

For months, politicians including Mayor Andre Dickens and Gov. Brian Kemp have characterized the Stop Cop City movement as being composed of outside “agitators” coming to cause trouble in Atlanta. The 85-acre public safety training facility is set to be built in the South River Forest in south DeKalb County. Surrounded by majority Black neighborhoods, […]