Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) declared a state of emergency early Saturday in the wake of protests against police brutality in Atlanta. Kemp said that at the request of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms 500 members of the National Guard would deploy immediately "to protect people and property" in the city. In Minneapolis, where the protests originated following the death of George Floyd, 500 Guard soldiers were deployed Friday, while Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said Saturday he was authorizing the full mobilization of the state's National Guard for the first time since World War II. Walz also said he is considering federal help, and The Associated Press reports that the Pentagon ordered the Army to put active-duty military police on standby for deployment to Minneapolis.
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