Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declares state of emergency, calls up National Guard

Kemp, a Republican, said the executive order follows “weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta.”

The governor’s statement says more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire on the extended holiday weekend, including five individuals who died.

One of the five deaths was that of an 8-year-old girl who had been shot while riding in a car with her mother and someone else. Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night since the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades, police said.
The shooting was nearby the scene the place where a now-fired Atlanta police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks after he fought with officers and tried to run away with a stolen Taser.

“We’ve had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said when talking about the 8-yeard-old’s death on Sunday. “You can’t blame that on APD (Atlanta Police Department).”

After the death of George Floyd in late May there have been protests in downtown Atlanta, several of which were followed closely by looting and vandalism.

“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.”

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