Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has seen enough death and destruction in the capital of his state.
Kemp announced on Monday that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to patrol state buildings in Atlanta after a week of violence that included the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old child.
“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.”
Four people died in the city over the weekend, and protesters sacked the Georgia State Patrol headquarters.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is rumored to be in the running for Joe Biden’s vice presidential nominee, pleaded with residents to end the violence during an emotional press briefing on Sunday evening.
“This random, wild, Wild West, shoot-‘em-up because you can, has gotta stop. It has to stop,” Bottoms said.
Kemp and Bottoms have shared an icy relationship since his election victory in 2018. Bottoms has repeatedly contrasted Kemp’s stance on the coronavirus and took to national TV in April to question his leadership amid the pandemic.
Kemp’s decision to send in National Guard troops follows similar actions taken by other state leaders who have struggled to contain weeks of protests set off by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department in May. The death of Rayshard Brooks, an Atlanta man who was shot to death during a confrontation with police officers last month, has also caused unrest in the city.
Author: Spencer Neale
Source: Washington Examiner: Brian Kemp calls up 1,000 National Guard troops after violent weekend in Atlanta