Georgia calls up National Guard as violence spikes in GA
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has called up 1,000 Georgia National Guard after a round of shootings and other violence accompanied protests in Atlanta over the weekend.
“Five people died, including an 8-year-old girl, and at least 30 people were injured, over the weekend,” says NPR.
“The Republican governor issued an executive order Monday that would send the National Guard to protect the state Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and the Department of Public Safety’s headquarters, where close to 100 demonstrators set fire to part of the building early Sunday morning.”
Kemp decried the increasing violence in Atlanta and laid the blame at the feet of local authorities.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said “enough is enough” on Monday in wake of the shooting death of eight-year-old Secoriea Turner on Saturday, who was struck by a bullet while sitting in a car with her mother.
Apparently that wasn’t enough for Kemp.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” Kemp said. “Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot and left for dead. … Enough with the tough talk — we must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”
Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information on at least two people who were involved in the shooting death of Secoriea.
“You shot and killed a baby,” said Bottoms. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
“You can’t blame this on a police officer,” she added. “You can’t say this about criminal justice reform. This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?”
President Trump has been urging authorities to get tougher on crime in their communities including violence associated with Black Lives Matter protests.
Six weeks of non-stop shootings in Minneapolis, Seattle, Provo, Indianapolis, Chicago, New York and Atlanta, some associated with anti-police demonstrations, have left hundreds wounded and dead across the country.
June saw 270 shootings in New York city alone.
Major media, including ABC News and the Washington Post, have reported on an upsurge in violence. But rather than blame the anti-cop protests and general permissiveness of local leaders towards crime, ABC News has found what they say is the real culprit: COVID-19.
“As shootings surge across US, police see COVID’s crippling of justice system enabling crime,” says ABC.
“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, cities across the country have seen a dramatic increase in shootings, and police in large cities like Chicago and New York said they are bracing for one of the most violent summers in decades,” reports the network.
The problem is that prisoners in big cities are being furloughed due to worries about inmate health because of outbreaks of COVID-19. The newly-released cons are spurring an increase in crime.
“We must keep violent offenders in jail longer. We should revamp the electronic monitoring program. It’s clearly not working,” said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.
Or you can call up the National Guard.
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