Defend the Atlanta Forest organizer on police shooting of Manuel Teran and movement to stop 'Cop City'

Daniel Paez (Left), Pedro Teran (Center) and Joel Paez, the father and siblings of Manuel Teran, stands in front of the Dekalb County Courthouse during a press conference announcing the results of an independent autopsy of Manuel on March 13, 2023. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

The family of activist Manuel Teran held a press conference Monday morning after an independent autopsy revealed that Teran’s hands were raised when shot and killed by police near the proposed site for the new Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.

Activist Paul Torino says it’s intense and upsetting to hear the new details about the death of Teran, who went by the name Tortuguita.

“I also feel grateful for this autopsy report coming out at this time, partially because it vindicates something that a lot knew, a lot of us highly suspected would’ve been the case,” explained Torino, who is an organizer with Defend the Atlanta Forest.

Defend the Atlanta Forest is one of the groups in opposition to the building of the new Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.

On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Torino talked with show host Rose about Tortuguita’s leadership and non-violent approach. He also discussed the recent arrests and charging of multiple protesters and the movement to stop the so-called “Cop City.”