The events of the Fourth of July holiday weekend have Republican Governor Brian Kemp taking firm action. The City of Atalanta confirmed that 31 people were shot over the holiday weekend and that Atlanta police responded to 11 different shooting incidents between Friday, July 3 and Sunday, July 5, according to WSB-TV Atlanta.
Of those 31 individuals, five people died, including an 8-year-old girl. Secoriea Turner was shot while riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend. There was a second shooting near the same location just 24 hours after the little girl was killed. A total of three people were shot, and one of those people died.
In a tweet Sunday night, Kemp said, “This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous & unacceptable…While we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace & maintaining order, we won’t hesitate to take action without them.”
This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous & unacceptable. Georgians, including those in uniform, need to be protected from crime & violence. While we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace & maintaining order, we won’t hesitate to take action without them. https://t.co/NTacEm4v7o
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) July 6, 2020
On Monday, Kemp signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and authorizing the call up of up to 1,000 National Guard troops in Georgia. The strong action that many governors should have taken weeks ago to protect their cities, citizens, and businesses!
BREAKING REPORT: Georgia Governor Declares STATE OF EMERGENCY, Authorizes 1,000 Troops to Protect it's Citizens…
THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A MONTH AGO BEFORE LIVES WERE LOST, PEOPLE WERE ASSAULTED AND PROPERTY WAS DESTROYED…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) July 6, 2020
The troops will be deployed as needed to protect state buildings, including the state capitol, the Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters, the governor’s mansion and the Georgia World Congress Center. The goal, according to the governor’s office, is to free up state troopers from those locations so they can help patrol the streets of Atlanta.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”