Alleged member of Antifa ‘Stop Cop City’ movement arrested for setting fire to construction equipment in South Carolina

Jan 2, 2024 | Political News

A man with links to the “Stop Cop City” movement was arrested on Saturday for an alleged arson attack on construction equipment in South Carolina.

In addition to setting a pair of trucks belonging to a construction company on fire, Seth Brock Spigner, 23, allegedly spray-painted others with slogans associated with the Antifa-fueled attempt to prevent a police training facility from being built in a forest just outside Atlanta, Georgia.

According to ABC4, the incident took place shortly before 12:30 am at Thomas Concrete on Jedburg Road in Summerville, a town about 25 miles northwest of Charleston. Surveillance footage caught a man carrying a canister of something entering the lot before fiddling with gas caps on numerous vehicles and setting fire to two of them.

When deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene, they discovered the two burnt trucks and began an investigation.

Spigner, originally from Charleston, was later spotted making his way out of the forest nearby before hurrying over to his vehicle and driving away. The DCSO conducted a traffic stop and apprehended Spigner, who deputies said was acting nervous and had paint on his fingernails.

He was subsequently charged with second-degree arson and had his bond set at $25,000.

Further investigation by the DCSO revealed that a number of the trucks that hadn't been burned were covered in graffiti, and that the spraypainted messages were related to the “Weelaunee Forest,” the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center that activists have dubbed “Cop City.”

As ABC4 reports, around the same time Spigner was arrested, a second Thomas Concrete location in Raleigh, North Carolina and a concrete company in Atlanta had also been targeted by arsonists.

The “Stop Cop City” movement has taken responsibility for attacks across the country before, including one at a Mercedes Benz dealership in Portland, Oregon.

The disruption of construction sites is a tactic utilized by those opposed to the police training facility, whose protests have often turned violent.

Earlier this year, 61 militants were indicted in Fulton County, Georgia on charges in connection with their efforts to prevent it from being built. The defendants, collectively branded an “enterprise of militant anarchists, eco-activists and community organizers,” have all been accused of violating the state's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Individual defendants are also facing other charges related to their particular roles.