Last week, a police officer shot and killed an anti-cop and environmental protester during a demonstration to stop the expansion of ‘Cop City’, a training facility for Atlanta Police officers.
The protester was killed after they shot and wounded a police officer, who was taken to the hospital to undergo surgery.
After the shooting, anti-police activists called for a ‘night of rage’ which resulted in multiple businesses being damaged and rioters setting a police car on fire.
Some of those arrested were found with explosives while six suspects were arrested on domestic terrorism charges.
As a result, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Thursday and is activating 1,000 National Guard troops to keep the peace ahead of further expected protests.
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FOX News Reports–
Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Thursday in anticipation of violent anti-police protests in Atlanta this weekend.
The governor activated 1,000 National Guard troops and will deploy them to prevent further violence after masked protesters threw rocks, launched fireworks and burned a police vehicle in front of the Atlanta Police Foundation building last weekend.
“Georgians respect peaceful protests, but do not tolerate acts of violence against persons or property,” the governor’s order states.
The state of emergency will expire on Thursday, Feb. 9, unless it is renewed by the governor.
Violence erupted in Atlanta last weekend days after a police-involved shooting of an environmental activist, Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, who was protesting the construction of a new police training facility for the Atlanta Police Department, dubbed “Cop City” by its detractors.