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Georgia declares emergency, calls in NATIONAL GUARD after protests in Atlanta descend into chaos

Added 05-30-20 12:37:02am EST - “Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has activated National Guard units and declared an emergency as demonstrations in Atlanta escalate into riots and looting, sparked by the police killing of a Minneapolis man earlier this week.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Georgia declares emergency, calls in NATIONAL GUARD after protests in Atlanta descend into chaos”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“At the request of Mayor Keisha Bottoms and in consultation with public safety and emergency preparedness officials, I have issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County to activate as many as 500 Georgia Guard troops to protect people and property in Atlanta,” Kemp said in a statement posted to Twitter early on Saturday morning, adding that they would “deploy immediately.”

We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation.

They will deploy immediately to assist @ga_dps, @GaDNRLE, @GA_Corrections & local law enforcement who are working tirelessly to subdue unlawful activity & restore peace. We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation. (2/2)

Videos shared to social media showed smashed up storefronts and looting in progress around the city, particularly at the Lenox Square shopping mall, where a number of law enforcement helicopters were seen hovering overhead.

A very tough night for downtown Atlanta. This is the College Football Hall of Fame. #AtlantaProtestpic.twitter.com/K7vt95n8lV

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