Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tried to make a point about leftists killing police officers by bringing up nonbinary environmental activist Manuel Terán, who Greene said killed a police officer.
But she literally made the opposite point: police shot Terán 57 times and killed them.
“The police officers are attacked, they’re attacking federal courthouses and making the entire community literally unlivable,” she said of Antifa at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing yesterday on “Countering Left-Wing Organized Violence.”
Then she brought up Terán.
“You want to talk about human lives?” she asked rhetorically as she sparred with witness Amy Spitalnick, CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. “Well, it seems to be that being a police officer is a target for Antifa. Because they actually murdered someone there. They actually murdered a police- Oh, you don’t know! That’s right, because you don’t study leftwing extremism from your nonpartisan, so-called non profit.”
“But let me tell you about it,” she continued. “There was a 26-year-old activist, Manuel Terán, shot and killed Georgia state patrol trooper there. That was this year.”
The opposite happened. Georgia state troopers shot Terán in DeKalb County, Georgia this past January.
Terán was called “Tortuguita” by their friends and was an environmental activist who demonstrated against a controversial Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, a large complex that includes a mock city that the state is building to train police officers. The complex is being called “Cop City” by opponents, and protestors occupied a nearby campground for months to protest it.
Officers raided the campgrounds and shot Terán during the raid on January 18 at around 9 a.m. They were 26 years old.
An autopsy showed that Terán had been shot 57 times, and their death was ruled a homicide. Police said that Terán fired the first shot and that police responded, but the autopsy found no gunpowder residue on Terán’s hands. An independent autopsy report said that their hands were up because of the bullet exit wounds in them.
“We are devastated to learn that our child, our sweet Manny, was mercilessly gunned down by police and suffered 57 bullet wounds all over their body,” their mother, Belkis Terán, said in a statement.
There is no bodycam footage of the police killing Terán.
On social media, many people remembered the tragedy and called Greene out for getting the story so wrong.