Who is Ivan Ferguson? Award-winning musician charged with domestic terrorism in Atlanta riot

Who is Ivan Ferguson? Award-winning musician charged with domestic terrorism in Atlanta riot
Ivan Ferguson and 20-year-old Graham Evatt, the only ones arrested from Georgia, were given bond at $355,000

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Activists dressed in complete black with masks on engaged in violent protests against the future location of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, on Saturday, January 21. According to reports, the activists tossed rocks and set off fireworks in front of the building that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation. Besides attacking the building, they also vandalized many stores and vehicles in the area. An explosive was used to start a fire in a police cruiser in the Atlanta area. Livestream videos recorded at the scene showed how the violent protesters worked in an organized manner to wreck havoc.

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The night of violence was a direct retaliation to the death of a protester who was killed by law enforcement officers a week ago on Wednesday, January 18, during the protests against 'Cop City,' a proposed $90 million, 85-acre law enforcement training facility. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the 26-year-old activist was aiming his gun at a state trooper when he was shot and killed. 

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Six people were arrested after Saturday's violent protests in downtown Atlanta on January 21 and all of them were charged with domestic terrorism, among other charges. The names of those arrested are Nadja Geier, 24, of Nashville, Tennessee; Madeleine Feola, 22, of Spokane, Washington; Ivan Ferguson, 22, of Nevada; Graham Evatt, 20, of Decatur, Georgia; Francis Carrol, 22, of Kennebunkport, Maine; and Emily Murphy, 37, of Grosse Isle, Michigan.  

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Who is Ivan Ferguson?

Ivan Ferguson, a 23-year-old man, is an award-winning, classically-trained clarinettist from Henderson, Nevada. He received his classical training at the illustrious San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ferguson has won multiple awards as a musician. Before he was 'radicalized', Ferguson was a frequent performer in classical concerts in the state of California and in the state of Nevada.

Criminal domestic terrorism, interference with government property, first-degree arson, second-degree criminal damage, riot, unlawful assembly, willful obstruction of a law enforcement official, and pedestrian in the roadway are among the charges facing each of them. According to 11 Alive, Ferguson and 20-year-old Graham Evatt are the only ones arrested from Georgia and were given a bond at $355,000 while the others were denied.

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