Governor declares State of Emergency, authorizes 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta
According to WSB TV news :
The goal, according to the governor’s office, is to free up state troopers from those locations so they can help patrol the streets of Atlanta.
The troops will be deployed as needed to protect state buildings, including the State Capitol, the Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters, the governor’s mansion and the Georgia World Congress Center.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said Monday. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first. This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”
Pay attention citizens of Atlanta. This is no time for young black men or anybody really to be on the streets aimlessly after 8pm. Parents this time is so urgent for us to emphasize to our young teenagers the time is now to be inside. We really have to be self discipline to once again self quarentine at home. Stay in place. It’s not enough to mask up and be out in the streets if it’s not absolutely necessary.
Unless you are driving to and from work at night, you really should take it upon yourself to sit in the house!!!!!! Work from home. Figure out how to earn a living online or by working from the comfort of your own home (if you have the luxury of that opportunity).
WSB also reports
The order comes after a violent weekend across the city of Atlanta. Thirty-one people were shot in 11 incidents between Friday and Sunday. Five people, including an 8-year-old girl,died.
The Georgia State Patrol headquarters were also vandalized by protesters over the weekend.
Department of Public Safety officials told Channel 2 Action News that a group of 60 to 100 protesters dressed in dark clothing and masks came to the headquarters around 1:05 a.m.
“They were armed with bricks, landscaping bricks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks. Their one mission was to destruct property and that is exactly what they did,” said Lt. Stephanie L. Stallings, spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Protest organizers condemned the violence and insisted the subgroup who split off and caused the damage were not with Black Lives Matter.
“I don’t want them to be here or at any events that we’re doing because they don’t live in this community,” organizer Quinton Davis said.