Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency and authorized the deployment of 1,000 National Guards in Atlanta to restore peace and order in the city.
The governor made the announcement on Monday after Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reportedly failed to solve the escalating violence in her city.
During the 4th of July weekend, over 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire, and five were shot dead, including an 8-year-old girl.
Kemp said he issued the order because “innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. He adds that peaceful protests have been hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda.
“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,” Kemp announced.
Atlanta has been the site of violent crime and property destruction for weeks now.
The governor adds, “The Georgia Guard will provide support at state buildings, including the Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters, and Governor’s Mansion. This aid will allow state law enforcement personnel to increase patrols on roadways and throughout communities, especially those in the City of Atlanta.”
On Sunday evening, Kemp said on Twitter that he finds this trend of lawlessness outrageous and unacceptable. He stressed that Georgians need to be protected from crime and violence.
“While we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace & maintaining order, we won’t hesitate to take action without them,” Kemp said, alluding to the Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.