Who is Emily Murphy? Vegan accountant charged with domestic terrorism has past misdemeanor conviction

Who is Emily Murphy? Vegan accountant charged with domestic terrorism has past misdemeanor conviction
Emily Murphy as been charged with four felonies including first-degree arson and domestic terrorism, as well as four misdemeanors charges(City of Atlanta Police Department)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Emily Murphy is one of the six left-wing Antifa protesters who was arrested after the riots that occurred in Downtown Atlanta on Saturday, January 21. The six extremists were arrested after a peaceful protest turned into a 'night of rage' in Atlanta forest following the death of a fellow protester. Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, a climate activist, was shot after law enforcement opened fire on the 26-year-old protester after he allegedly shot a Georgia State Patrol trooper. 

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The six were detained after attempting to exact revenge for the death of the climate activist by inciting riots, breaking windows, setting a police car on fire, and spray-painting graffiti on walls. Five of the six people arrested came from out of state to wreak havoc. According to police chief Darin Schierbaum, many protesters were masked and dressed in all black and were armed with explosive devices which they used to carry out the violence. According to reports, they threw rocks and lit fireworks in front of a building that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation and damaged three businesses including Wells Fargo Bank. 

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Schierbaum said it started with protesters having a peaceful march down Peachtree Street but suddenly at the intersection of Ellis Street, some protesters started breaking windows and attacking APD patrol cars. Schierbaum said the group planned to continue causing damage but were unable to as Atlanta police officers on the scene stopped the violence from spreading further.

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Who is Emily Murphy? 

Emily Murphy is a 37-year-old vegan activist, and public accountant from Grosse Ile, Michigan. Murphy took up veganism more than five years ago and has said that her family "still doesn't fully understand what being vegan means" even after her many attempts to explain the particular lifestyle choice, as per Daily Mail. 

Murphy was arrested along with Nadja Geier, 24, from Nashville, Tennessee; Madeleine Feola, 22, from Spokane, Washington; Ivan Ferguson, 23, from Nevada; Graham Evatt, 20, from Decatur, Georgia. She was spotted wearing a face mask and a jumpsuit during the protest.

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Murphy has been charged with four felonies including first-degree arson and domestic terrorism, as well as four misdemeanors including willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, riot, and unlawful assembly.

Murphy's attorney mentioned that she is a public accountant and is in "good standing" as she protested but wasn’t near the destruction. The prosecutor in her case said, "We submitted as well judge, that she is a clear danger to the community," as per Local 4. The prosecutor also mentioned that she has past misdemeanor convictions in Minnesota. Murphy remains in Atlanta jail as the judge chose a no-bond ruling because of her felony charges.

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