After days of escalating protests in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency in the state. The protests have been sparked by the death of Tyre Nichols, a black man who was shot by police during a traffic stop.
The protests have been largely peaceful, but some have turned violent, leading to property damage and clashes with police. In response, Governor Kemp has declared a 15-day state of emergency and has called up National Guard troops to help maintain order.
The governor’s order also includes a curfew in the city of Atlanta, which will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. In addition, the governor has also declared that any gathering of 10 or more people is prohibited.
The protests have been organized in response to what many see as a lack of accountability for the death of Tyre Nichols. The video of the shooting, which was released by the Atlanta Police Department, has sparked outrage among many in the city.
The protests have spread to other major cities across the country, with demonstrations taking place in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The protests have been largely peaceful, but have been met with a heavy police presence in some cities.
The protests have also sparked a national conversation about police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. President Joe Biden has called for an end to the violence and for a full investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols.
The governor’s emergency order will remain in effect until further notice, and it is unclear when the protests will end. In the meantime, the governor has urged citizens to remain peaceful and to respect the rights of others.