Who is Madeleine Feola? Trans activist with a penchant for 'decolonization' charged in Atlanta riots

Who is Madeleine Feola? Trans activist with a penchant for 'decolonization' charged in Atlanta riots
Madeleine Feola is suspected of setting fire to a police vehicle during riots in Atlanta (Atlanta Police Department)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: An investigation has led to the arrest of a woman from Spokane, Washington, who is suspected of setting fire to a police vehicle during riots in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, each of the arrested offenders is being charged with four counts of disorderly conduct, which range from rotting to unlawful assembly.

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Madeleine Feola, 22, along with five other suspects is being held on four felony charges, according to the City of Atlanta Police Department. These accusations include domestic terrorism, arson in the first degree, criminal damage in the second degree, and interference with government property.

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Who is Madeleine Feola?

Madeleine Feola is a 22-year-old trans woman from Spokane, Washington, who graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 2018. Feola then went to Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated in 2022. Feola now goes by the name Henri Feola and identifies as a man.

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Feola is a trans nonbinary activist and a graduate who majored in archaeological studies with a concentration on decolonization. They were originally from the prosperous suburb of Happy Valley in Portland, Oregon, but later moved to Spokane, Washington. It's Time to Stop 'Gatekeeping Medical Transition' was the title of a blog entry written by Feola and published in February 2022 on the American Scientist website.

According to Spokesman-Review, Feola’s mother Laurie said it was “heartbreaking” for her child to be the subject of national news. “My child is not alone in thinking policing needs some rethinking,” Laurie said.

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She further stated her child should "absolutely not" be charged with domestic terrorism, despite the fact that they admitted damage and property destruction had occurred.

In addition to domestic terrorism, Feola also was charged on suspicion of second-degree criminal damage, first-degree arson, and interference with government property, all of which are felonies, as well as a handful of misdemeanors.

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