It Begins: Georgia Governor calling up National Guard to end chaos in Atlanta (where’s the mayor?)

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ATLANTA, GA -Republican Governor Brian Kemp is fed up with the violence and damage that has been occurring in his state and is taking action. 

Today, Governor Kemp has issued a state of emergency for Georgia which enables him to activate up to a thousand Georgia National Guard troops.  It appears Governor Kemp is done allowing the violence and general lawlessness that has taken over as of late.  

Governor Kemp has attributed his decision to the reported 30 people who were injured by gunfire over the holiday weekend. 

Five of those died as a result of gun shot-related injuries. 

Kemp stated:

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

In the Executive Order, the Governor references the area in which Rayshard Brooks was killed by Atlanta Police on June 12th , which has seen two murders in the area.

One of those deaths was eight-year-old, Secoriea Turner

Turner was riding in a vehicle with her mother and a family friend in a parking lot across the street from the Wendy’s where Brooks was killed.  As the driver pulled into the parking lot, they were confronted with individuals who were armed with firearms who had blocked the entrance. 

For unknown reasons, the group fired several rounds into the vehicle, striking and killing Turner.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a statement after the shooting:

“You cant blame this on a police officer. You can’t say this about criminal justice reform.  This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an eight-year-old baby in the car- for what?!? 

“Enough is enough. If you want people to take us seriously and you don’t want us to lose this movement, we can’t lose each other.”

Mayor Bottoms has done little to quiet the violence and mayhem which has been occurring in her city for several weeks now. 

Instead of shutting down the area which was taken over by protesters and returning it to civility, she has allowed the lawlessness to continue.  The area that was taken over has placed barricades back up after they were taken down a couple of days ago. 

Only now, after a child is murdered, has Mayor Bottoms announced that weeks long negotiations are over and the area will be shut down. 

How she plans on attaining peace in this area have not been made clear.

However, Governor Kemp is not waiting for Mayor Bottoms, or any other mayor, to take long-needed action. 

In his executive order, he states:

“City officials have failed to quell ongoing violence with armed individuals threatening citizens, shooting at passerby, blocking the streets, destroying local businesses, and defying orders to disperse.”

In addition, on July 5th, 60-100 people attacked the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters on United Avenue.  The people broke windows and caused other damage while trying to set the building on fire. 

Governor Kemp’s order specifies that the ongoing threat to safety caused by these groups rioting will not be tolerated by his state. 

This order gives direction to all law enforcement to take any lawful action as needed in order to bring an end to the violence. 

In addition, the Georgia National Guard will be able to man posts around government buildings and monuments to ensure they will not be destroyed. 

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Here’s more from Law Enforcement Today on the attack on the Department of Public Safety.

 
A large group of “protesters” vandalized the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters building in Atlanta Sunday morning.  They were armed with rocks, spray paint, fireworks, and other destructive materials

According to the Georgia State Patrol, there were between 60 and 100 people dressed in dark clothing and wearing masks.  Lt. Stalling from the Georgia State Patrol said the group broke several windows, threw fireworks through the broken windows, damaged a DPS car and defaced the property with spray paint.

The fireworks caused a fire which caused two employees to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Kimberly Krautter, who recorded video of the fire, said to US News and World Report:

“The demonstration started peacefully.  Only about three or four people looked to be trying to vandalize the building.”

Although protests have taken place in Atlanta recently over the deaths of Rayshard Brooks and George Floyd, Krautter said the subject of this protest was not clear.

She also said she saw about 35 people marching down United Avenue accompanied by drummers and another twelve on motor scooters.

The building damaged is headquarters to The Georgia Department of Public Safety but also houses several other state agencies.  The Georgia State Police Academy is headquartered there, and there is also a Justice Federal Credit Union in the building. 

Georgia Emergency Management Agency is right around the corner, as is the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Wildlife Resources Division, and the School Bus Safety program is also housed in the building.

11Alives’s Nick Sturdivant saw two people being taken into custody, but it isn’t known if they were connected to the “protest.”

The “protest” attack took place at about 1:00 AM and by 5:00 AM. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was in force at the scene with over a dozen investigators on site.

The “protest” attack on the Department of Public Safety took place on the same night that Atlanta Police were busy investigating two shootings. During those incidents, 19 people total were shot.  Of those, 14 were hospitalized, and two are in critical condition from the first shooting.  Five people were shot in a drive by in south east Atlanta later.

An eight year old girl was shot and killed on Saturday night when shots were fired into the car she was riding in.  This happened as the violence continued.

Investigators believe the driver of the car in which she was riding tried to turn around in a parking lot and was blocked from doing so by a “group of armed individuals.” It appeared to investigators that someone opened fire on the car and shot the little girl. 

The driver drove to the Atlanta Medical Center for help, but the little girl was pronounced dead.

It was a violent, bloody and deadly night for the city of Atlanta.  Sadly, investigators’ time is split now between crimes as they assist the GBI to find the people responsible for targeting the Department of Safety. 

They must also attempt to quickly find the people responsible for shooting and killing an eight-year old girl.

“Protesters” are compromising the last line of defense that law abiding people have, by demanding cities abolish the police.  In many cities where “protests” are taking place, the number of murders, most not even associated with these “protests,” continues to rise.  

The statics bear out and should come as no surprise.  Georgians will now have to foot the bill to repair the State Facility. These taxpayers have to hope that this latest wave of vandalism and violence doesn’t cost them any more good officers.

It is unclear if the State of Georgia will continue with it’s plan to build a new $55 million dollar headquarters for the agency.

 

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