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“Group tosses fireworks into GSP headquarters building during protest”
Regarding firing police officers before the GBI had finished their investigations, Atlanta Mayor Bottoms stated that: “the reality is that as mayor, I have the authority to hire and fire every single employee that we have… I made the decision to fire the officers. Which as mayor, and the CEO of the city, in charge of 8,000 plus employees was my prerogative.” See: “Atlanta Mayor stands by decision to fire APD officers” https://youtu.be/ilWuxOcGY5s Her true self is revealed and her attitude is like Trump’s. No worker or civil service protection in Atlanta? Hope she isn’t VP pick!
And, similarly, the Governor has the right to declare a State of Emergency, especially to protect State buildings in Atlanta. And apparently the need, though 1000 appears excessive. Defunding and/or firing local police would make this state presence permanent.
“Rocks, fireworks and spraypaint: Group vandalizes Georgia Dept. of Public Safety“. https://youtu.be/w5Ja7GvgRE4
“The Georgia Department of Public Safety (GDPS) is a state body that is responsible for statewide law enforcement and public safety within the U.S. state of Georgia.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Department_of_Public_Safety
“For Immediate Release
Monday, July 6, 2020
Kemp Declares State of Emergency, Authorizes 1,000 Troops to Protect Georgians
Atlanta, GA – Following weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta, the July Fourth weekend saw over thirty Georgians wounded by gunfire, including five confirmed dead. Today Governor Kemp issued Executive Order 07.06.20.01, which declares a State of Emergency across Georgia and authorizes the activation of as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” said Governor Kemp. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first. This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”
The Georgia Guard will provide support at state buildings, including the Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters, and Governor’s Mansion. This aid will allow state law enforcement personnel to increase patrols on roadways and throughout communities, especially those in the City of Atlanta.” https://madmimi.com/s/328cf01