ATLANTA (WSAV) – Gov. Brian Kemp has renewed a state of emergency in Georgia in an effort to “ensure public safety & prevent violence.”
The governor issued the order last Monday following a weekend of violence in Atlanta. Over 30 people were reportedly wounded by gunfire this weekend and five people have been confirmed dead, including an 8-year-old girl.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said one week ago. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”
The executive order authorizes as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops who will “protect state property to allow state police to patrol our streets, especially in the city of Atlanta.”
Kemp says the Georgia Guard will provide support at state buildings, including the Georgia State Capitol, the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters, and the Governor’s Mansion.
The governor also said this aid will allow increased patrols on roadways and in communities, specifically those in the City of Atlanta.