Georgia Gov. Kemp deploys National Guard to Atlanta after Mayor Bottoms fails to quell violence

by Peter Heck · Jul 7th, 2020 8:22 am

Last Updated Jul 7th, 2020 at 12:08 pm

After what he called "weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta," Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp authorized the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the capital city. The move is seen as an indication Kemp has lost confidence in the ability of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to protect the residents of her city.

"Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead," Kemp said in a statement. "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."

According to the statement, the Georgia National Guard is being deployed to specifically protect state buildings in order to free up state and local law enforcement for increased beats and patrols in Atlanta.

Kemp's decision came a day after he tweeted out his willingness to "take action" without cooperation from local leaders.

? The relationship between Kemp and Bottoms has often been described as "increasingly tense."


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