Red State Declares State Of Emergency

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( – On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Kemp (R) declared a state of emergency following the violent protests in Atlanta last weekend. Kemp has asked for assistance from 1,000 members of the GA National Guard, while also making sure that all available resources are being utilized in order to respond to the protests. The state of emergency will stay in place until Feb. 9, unless Kemp makes a change.

As part of the protest, six people have already been arrested. Kemp justified the emergency order by saying that it was in response to the “unlawful assemblage, violence, overt threats of violence, disruption of the peace and tranquility of this state, and danger to existing persons or property.”

Last week a peaceful protest had begun after Manuel Teran, a 26-year-old activist, had been shot by the police. Teran had been protesting the construction of a new public safety training facility along with others. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Teran had first shot a state trooper before his shooting and death.

Protests regarding his death have turned violent with protesters using bricks to cause damage to buildings and even setting cars on fire. According to Mayor Andre Dickens (D), some protesters are also carrying explosives.

Protesters have openly questioned whether the version of events presented by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is accurate and have asked that an independent investigation take place in order to determine what had actually happened.

During this time, on Friday the Memphis police had to release the body camera footage from the killing of Tyre Nichols, a Black motorist. This is also expected to lead to protests throughout the nation.

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