FoxNews.com reports that
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Monday following an uptick in shootings over the July Fourth weekend that injured 31 people and killed five after weeks of violent crime and property destruction in Atlanta.
The move authorizes the activation of 1,000 National Guard troops to “protect state property and patrol our streets”.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp, a Republican, 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. Enough with the tough talk,” he added. “We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”
The Guardsmen will be assigned to protect state buildings, including the Capitol, the governor’s mansion, and the headquarters for the Department of Public Safety. Their presence will free police officers to increase patrols on roadways and in communities, especially in Atlanta, Kemp said.
Among those killed over the holiday weekend was an 8-year-old girl. Secoriea Turner was riding in a car Saturday night in Atlanta when at least two people opened fire on the vehicle. The shooting happened near the Wendy’s fast-food restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by a police officer last month, prompting weeks of protests and clashes between demonstrators and police.
Authorities said Turner was in the car with her mother and another adult when the driver attempted to drive through illegally placed barricades to get to a parking lot. A group of armed individuals had blocked the entrance.
In an emotional press conference, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms excoriated the shooting suspects.
“You shot and killed a baby,” she said. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
Other cities are also grappling with a wave of gun violence over the long weekend. At least six children were killed in a series of shooting incidents in New York City that saw eight people killed and 44 shot.
In Chicago, where gun violence has led to record-levels of shootings in recent years, more than 67 people were shot over the weekend and at least 13 were killed.
Recently, the Atlanta City Council had narrowly defeated an ordinance that would have withheld $73 million of the Atlanta Police Department’s budget until Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s administration drafted a plan to reinvent the culture of policing in the city and “make it a national model for law enforcement”…which is Liberalspeak for “defund the police”.
Mayor Bottoms has been attempting to have her cake and eat it, too.
On one hand, she has been trying to appease the rioters by telling them that she “hears”them.
On the other hand, the citizens of Atlanta want more police presence in their neighborhoods, which are presently becoming overrun by crime.
Mayor Bottoms’ outrage and righteous indignation of the murder of little Secoriea Turner is a little late.
What did she think was going to happen when she supported those committing crimes while she dissed the Atlanta Police Department?Just as Americans witnessed in the Atlanta CHOP, a strong, vibrant police presence is necessary in an urban area in order to make the uncivilized civil.
So, now it is up to the Republican Governor of Georgia to clean up the mess which the Democrat Politicians running Atlanta have made.
Bringing in the National Guard is now a necessity.
The actions of the Far Left “Protesters” have hardly produced a “summer of Love” as Seattle Mayor Durkan called CHAZ, later CHOP when the land was first seized in Seattle by wannabe anarchists.
The Seattle Mayor finally had to admit, after Antifa/BLM started protesting at her house, that it was time to allow the police to do their job.
Now, it is time for Mayor Bottoms to sit down, shut up, and allow the National Guard to clean up the mess which she has made.
Her lack of leadership has cost little 8 year-old Secoriea her life.
And, that precious life was worth more than any “radical change”.
Until He Comes,