One thing is certain, Atlanta and Georgia are not Portland. Whereas Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has given rioters carte blanche in Portland, which has given antifa free rein in the city and has destroyed downtown and driven many out of the city, Gov. Brian Kemp is taking steps to end the nonsensical riots in Atlanta. The reason for the riots is inane. On January 18th Manuel Esteban Paez Teran opened fire on police, hitting one officer in the stomach, which required immediate surgery, and the other officers shot back, killing Teran.
This is not a case of killing an unarmed man. Evidently, the rioters do not believe the police have the right to defend themselves. This type of nonsense is exactly why support for BLM and antifa has fallen dramatically. These riots are only discrediting the groups participating in violence against the police. Leftists have been trying to stop the Atlanta police from building a training center. With the support of radical Democrats, their ultimate goal is to eradicate the police from Atlanta.
Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp (R) issued an executive order that puts the National Guard on alert so that he can bring them in to stop the rioters. He asserts that the people have the right to protest, but they do not have the right to burn buildings or throw bricks at the police. Furthermore, he has made it abundantly clear that anyone committing an act of terrorism will be arrested and held accountable to the laws. I applaud Gov. Kemp because when the rioters are given long prison sentences, it makes the other rioters to think twice before acting.
Kemp says this step is necessary “due to unlawful assemblage, overt threats of violence, disruption of the peace, and danger existing to persons and property.” The domestic terrorists on Saturday threw bricks at police and local businesses. Two police cars were set on fire with two businesses were set on fire. If this rioting is allowed to continue they will become bolder and more violent. It must be nipped in the bud.
In response to the rioters’ actions, Kemp stated:
“While the state continues to respect peaceful protest, acts of violence against person or property will NOT be tolerated. Those committing such unlawful acts will be arrested and prosecuted fully.”
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens claimed:
“Outsiders who have come here for their own political aims.”
“They want to scare and disrupt. But Atlanta is stronger than them. But we do not tolerate violence or property destruction.”
Rioters organized the protest to oppose the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Manuel Esteban Paez Teran. On January 18, Teran was protesting in southeast Atlanta. After allegedly refusing to comply with law enforcement and shooting at a Georgia State Patrol trooper, officers returned fire. Teran was struck and killed.
Authorities reported that no officers, protestors, or bystanders were hurt during the Saturday riot. Law enforcement confiscated explosive devices and arrested at least six individuals in connection with the demonstration.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kemp’s aides stated that the emergency order was also issued as a precautionary measure as the city braces for more potential riots following recent grand jury indictments charging five former Memphis officers with second-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols earlier this month.
Memphis police plan to release bodycam footage of the incident Friday evening.