Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency Thursday, just five days after violence broke out during a protest in Downtown Atlanta that was centered around a police shooting that killed a person at the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center this month.
A state trooper was allegedly shot by an activist in a wooded area that was being cleared out during an operation involving multiple law enforcement agencies. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said several state troopers returned fire, killing the activist on Jan. 18.
The following Saturday, the protest in part was to demand justice for the activist killed and call on officials to nix the plans to build the new training facility. During the protest, several people broke off and started damaging property, including the building that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation. An Atlanta Police Department police car was also set on fire. Six people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism.