After Atlanta Mayor Bottoms allowed rampaging chaos to cumulate in the death of a child over the weekend, the move is a stinging rebuke to her lack of leadership and responsibility for the deaths.
In fact, she essentially blamed President Trump for the murders she’s allowed to run rampant. But, instead of talking, Kemp is actually doing something.
The troops will be deployed as needed to protect state buildings, including the state capitol, the Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters, the governor’s mansion and the Georgia World Congress Center.
#Breaking Gov. Kemp plans to sign an executive order authorizing the call up of up to 1000 National Guard troops to help protect some state buildings, freeing up GSP troopers to help patrol Atlanta streets.
— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) July 6, 2020
The goal, according to the governor’s office, is to free up state troopers from those locations so they can help patrol the streets of Atlanta.
Channel 2′s Richard Elliot just spoke with the governor’s office about the order.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said Monday. “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 State Patrol headquarters were also vandalized by protesters over the weekend.
Department of Public Safety officials told Channel 2 Action News that a group of 60 to 100 protesters dressed in dark clothing and masks came to the headquarters around 1:05 a.m.
“They were armed with bricks, landscaping bricks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks. Their one mission was to destruct property and that is exactly what they did,” Lt. Stephanie L. Stallings, spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Bottoms, who announced she was positive for COVID, essentially blamed the president for the violence.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responds to a weekend of violence in her city describing a "perfect storm," and pointing to President Trump, saying his lack of leadership is stirring emotions which are playing out as "violence in our streets." https://t.co/Gke7JcI5nU pic.twitter.com/yFHIEikGh0
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) July 6, 2020