Former President Donald Trump decried violent extremists running rampant in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, in a video posted to Truth Social.
An activist protesting against DeKalb County’s police training facility allegedly shot a Georgia state trooper last week, according to a Western Journal report. The report noted troopers fatally shot the activist when they returned fire.
Demonstrators took to Underground Atlanta last Saturday, demanding investigation of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran’s death, according to a Fox 5-Atlanta report. Teran was a 26-year-old protester allegedly killed by Georgia state troopers during a sweep at Intrenchment Creek Park the previous week. That area is the planned site for an Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, the report added.
The gathered crowd was initially peaceful, according to the Fox5 report, which added the protesters marched along Peachtree Street demanding justice for Teran.
“However, when that group arrived at the intersection of Ellis Street and Peachtree Street, a group inside that marching crowd decided to start committing illegal acts including breaking windows and attacking police cruisers that were in the area,” Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens reportedly said some of them carried explosives.
Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency for Atlanta that expires midnight February 9.
The governor noted January 21 protests in downtown Atlanta turned violent as masked activists threw rocks, launched fireworks and burned a police cruiser.
Kemp’s Executive Order instructs state officials to prepare up to 1,000 National Guard troops for a call to active duty. National Guard troops called to respond to his declared State of Emergency will be given the same powers of arrest and apprehension as law enforcement.
Trump called the violent protests an abomination and declared they have to stop.
“Unfortunately, nothing will happen to most of these rioters because of the Marxist prosecutors who have seized control of the justice system in Atlanta,” Trump said in his Truth video. “As always, it’s hard-working, law-abiding citizens of all backgrounds who pay the price for this violent radical left extremism, sponsored by George Soros, it seems.”
“The rioters who attack our wonderful police officers and destroy so many lives must be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he added. Trump noted that if he becomes president again, he will not hesitate to send federal law enforcement to protect citizens where prosecutors fail to prosecute criminals.
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