Breaking: Kemp declares State of Emergency in light of July 4th weekend violence

Authorizes 1,000 National Guard Troops to Protect Georgians
Atlanta, GA – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has declared an immediate state of emergency and activated the Georgia National Guard following a dramatic increase in violence over the July 4th weekend. During that time, more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire with five fatalities. This included an 8-year-old child. Monday, Kemp issued Executive Order 07.06.20.01 declaring a State of Emergency across Georgia and authorizing the activation of as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops.

“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said. “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.”

The Georgia National Guard will provide support at state buildings, including the Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters, and the 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.

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