An Atlanta Police vehicle was set on fire outside Hard Rock Cafe in Downtown Atlanta on Saturday night. (Image courtesy of WSB)

A demonstration over the shooting of a protester last week at the site of a public safety training facility turned violent Saturday night in Downtown Atlanta.

A police car was burned outside the Hard Rock Cafe and windows were broken along Peachtree Street, according to reports from the scene.

During a press conference just before 9 p.m., APD Chief Darin Schierbaum said six arrests had been made.

The six charged with domestic terrorism and arson on Saturday night include (top row, from left) Nadja Geier, Madeleine Feola, Ivan Ferguson, (bottom row from left) Graham Evatt, Francis Carrol, and Emily Murphy.

APD identified the six arrested on Sunday as Nadja Geier, 24, from Nashville, TN; Madeleine Feola, 22, Spokane, WA; Ivan Ferguson, 23, from Nevada; Graham Evatt, 20, from Decatur; Francis Carrol, 22, from Kennebunkport, ME; and Emily Murphy, 37, from Grosse Isle, MI. All six arrestees are facing an assortment of charges, the most serious being domestic terrorism, arson, and criminal damage.

Mayor Andre Dickens praised the quick action of the police and its partners.

“We will not tolerate violence or property destruction,” Dickens said.

The mayor had a message for the protesters, some of which Dickens said were carrying explosives.

“We will find you, we will arrest you, and you will be held accountable,” Dickens said, noting the many of the protesters were not from Atlanta or the state. “These individuals meant harm to people and property.”

Protesters had gathered at 5 p.m at Underground Atlanta to voice their opposition to the training facility – nicknamed “Cop City” by opponents – and the death of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26, who was fatally shot by a state trooper at the project’s site in South DeKalb County.

Protests were planned around the country in response to the shooting of Teran.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.