Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday, authorizing the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta, in the wake of a violent weekend in which 31 people were shot in 11 incidents.
Kemp ordered the troops to safeguard government buildings, police headquarters, the governor’s mansion and the Georgia World Congress Center, according to WSB-TV Atlanta.
With the National Guard patrolling these locations, state troopers will be dispatched to the streets of Atlanta, according to the governor’s office via WSB-TV Atlanta.
“This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous & unacceptable,” tweeted Kemp on July 5, “Georgians, including those in uniform, need to be protected from crime & violence.”