BREAKING: Protesters Tear Gassed In Atlanta As Protest Continue Despite Curfew
Protesters in Downtown Atlanta were tear gassed by the National Guard during a protest for George Floyd.
Gov. Brian Kemp pledged Saturday that authorities would “do what’s necessary to keep the peace” as Atlanta officials announced a curfew from 9 p.m. Saturday through sunrise Sunday to prevent a second round of violent demonstrations.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told residents to “go home” and to end large gatherings as hundreds of demonstrators massed outside the Governor’s Mansion and other parts of the city.
To assist local authorities, Kemp said he plans to sign an executive order that will allow as many as 1,500 Georgia National Guardsmen to deploy to the city. About 1,000 troops are already on the scene or mobilizing, and an additional 500 are on standby, his office said.
This is a response to protesters who burned police cars, vandalized CNN’s headquarters and looted business last night during a protest for George Floyd.