On Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in response to a violent protest in Atlanta over the killing of environmental activist Manuel Teran.
The declaration gives Kemp the authority to call up to 1,000 members of the National Guard to help “subdue riot and unlawful assembly” for the next 15 days.
The governor’s spokesperson stated that this is a precautionary measure and no mobilization has occurred yet. On Saturday night, protesters set a police cruiser on fire and damaged the windows of three businesses.
Six individuals, none of which resided in Atlanta, were arrested on charges including domestic terrorism and explosives were recovered.
This violence occurred among hundreds of demonstrators who were mourning the death of the activist, known as Tortuguita, who was killed by authorities while protesting the construction of a public safety training center.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that Tortuguita had shot and seriously injured a state trooper before being killed.