Georgia deploys more National Guard troops ahead of new planned protests

WAOK Staff
May 31, 2020 - 11:29 am

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, signed an executive order authorizing the deployment of up to 3,000 national guard troops statewide.

"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," Kemp tweeted Saturday night. "These highly trained citizen soldiers will partner (with) law enforcement to preserve peace and protect Georgians in every corner of our great state."

Kemp had previously signed an order authorizing up to 1,500 National Guard troops to deploy throughout Atlanta amid protests for George Floyd, a Minneapolis man, who died in police custody this month. Video of Floyd's arrest went viral and sparked outrage nationally as officers can be seen on the video pinning Floyd to the ground with one officer's knee remaining on Floyd's neck despite Floyd's exclamation's of not being able to breath.

Protests have sprung up nationally, including the City of Atlanta.