Gov. Brian Kemp has signed an executive order to deploy up to 3,000 National Guardsmen in response to protests.
The initial order allowed up to 1,500 National Guardsmen to help keep the peace in Atlanta Saturday night. But the state of emergency issued by Kemp doubled the number of troops available.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Mike Winne learned 100 Humvees will patrol Atlanta after a night of unrest and looting that started Friday and lasted into the early morning.
Gov. Kemp tweeted about the order Saturday night, saying:
“After numerous discussions with state and local leaders, I have signed an order authorizing the activation of up to 3,000 National Guard troops statewide ahead of several planned protests on Sunday, May 31. These highly trained citizen soldiers will partner will law enforcement to preserve peace and protect Georgians in every corner of our great state.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued a curfew for the City of Atlanta starting at 9 p.m. Saturday after a night of violent protests rocked the city Friday.
Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes covered a protest in front of the governor’s mansion, where dozens of state troopers and national guard were stationed.
Dozens of Georgia state troopers, national guard & other law enforcement are suiting up for a planned protest outside the Governor’s mansion. Residents pulled up crying about what might happen to their property. Watch our live coverage at 6 on Ch2 pic.twitter.com/bXjaG7OQRl
— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) May 30, 2020