The Governor of Georgia has now declared a state of emergency and deployed the national guard to help restore order as violence in Georgia and in particular, Atlanta, continues to spiral out of control.
The drastic measure comes in the wake of the death of an 8-year-old girl who was shot dead by “protestors” who had set up illegal barricades and the Sunday night attack by a mob on a Georgia State Police building.
As ajc.com reports:
Gov. Brian Kemp will deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta on Monday following a burst of violence across the city that left four dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and saw the ransacking of the headquarters of the Georgia State Patrol.
The National Guard troops will be dispatched to three locations in the city: The state Capitol, which has been the focus of protests over statues of segregationists and Civil War leaders; the Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead; and the recently-vandalized Department of Public Safety building in southeast Atlanta.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” said Kemp. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”