Manuel Paez Teran, ‘Cop City’ protester, autopsy details released

Decatur, Georgia –

An environmental activist who was shot dead in a clash with Georgia law enforcement in January was sitting cross-legged with his hands in the air at the time, the protester’s family said Monday, revealing the results of an autopsy they commissioned. said when it was announced.

Manuel Paez Teran’s family holds press conference in Decatur to open record lawsuit seeking to compel Atlanta police to release more evidence in January 18 murder of Paez Teran, who went by the name Tortuguita announced its findings and submissions. and used the pronoun they.

A lawyer for the family said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which had been investigating the shooting for nearly two months, had stopped Atlanta police from releasing additional evidence to the family.

Citing the conclusions of an autopsy, civil rights attorney Brian Spears said, “Manuel had the face of death and had his hands up when he was killed.” I wouldn’t say I know what happened, the second autopsy is a snapshot of what happened, but it’s not the whole story…”

In a statement, the agency said it prevented “improper release of evidence” to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

Authorities said officers killed Paez Teran after the shooting of the 26-year-old and severely injured state police, while officers cleared activists from forests in the Atlanta area, according to a GBI statement. , the investigation continues to support the agency’s initial assessment of what happened.

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