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Kemp Declares State of Emergency, Authorizes 1,000 Troops to Atlanta

“This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city,” Kemp said Monday afternoon.

Following weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta, the July Fourth weekend saw over thirty Georgians wounded by gunfire, including five confirmed dead. Today Governor Kemp issued Executive Order 07.06.20.01, which declares a State of Emergency across Georgia and authorizes 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,” said Governor Kemp. “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 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.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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    Sandi Scales

    July 6, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    It’s about DAMN time Governor Kemp. I for one am sick of having to look over my shoulder just to go to work every day, not to mention worry myself sick about my teenage daughter and my wife when they are away from home doing their daily routines in fear they may be beaten or murdered because of this ridiculous protesting going on. I for one think every group should be outlawed, that goes for masons, black lives matter, LGBTQ( I am a gay woman btw), etc..every group that causes any separation among the American people. Until we can play together nicely we all need to wear the same shirt.

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    NELDA SMITH

    July 6, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    AN EIGHTH YEAR OLD CHILD WAS MURDERED IN ATLANTA ! A LITTLE GIRL ! WHY WASN’T SOMETHING DONE ABOUT THOSE THUGS BEFORE AN INNOCENT CHILD HAD TO DIE? Keisha Lance Bottoms SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS CHILD’S DEATH ! HOW COULD BOTTOMS HAVE LET THE LAWLESSNESS GO ON FOR THIS LONG?

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