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Atlanta protest and rally turns destructive

Thousands took to the streets of Atlanta Friday night

ABC News SOURCE: ABC News
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Atlanta protest and rally turns destructive

Thousands took to the streets of Atlanta Friday night

After what started out as a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd took a destructive turn in Atlanta, Governor Brian Kemp has issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County, activating as many as 500 troops from the Georgia National Guard to "protect people & property in Atlanta." In a late Friday night, Kemp stated the National Guard will deploy immediately to assist other groups, including local law enforcement. This comes in response to thousands taking to the streets of downtown Atlanta Friday evening to protest the killing of Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died while in police custody.Protesters gathered at Centennial Olympic Park at 3 p.m. and a second group of demonstrators converged at the CNN Center.The demonstration turned violent as protesters clashed with police and buildings and vehicles were vandalized.The chaos took place as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other city officials held a news conference.“Above everything else I am a mother," said Bottom. "When I saw the murder of George Floyd I hurt like a mother would hurt. You’re not going to out concern me and out care me about where we are in America. I pray over my children each and every day. What I see happening is not Atlanta. This not a protest ... this is chaos, a protest has purpose."

After what started out as a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd took a destructive turn in Atlanta, Governor Brian Kemp has issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County, activating as many as 500 troops from the Georgia National Guard to "protect people & property in Atlanta."

In a late Friday night, Kemp stated the National Guard will deploy immediately to assist other groups, including local law enforcement. This comes in response to thousands taking to the streets of downtown Atlanta Friday evening to protest the killing of Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died while in police custody.

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Protesters gathered at Centennial Olympic Park at 3 p.m. and a second group of demonstrators converged at the CNN Center.

The demonstration turned violent as protesters clashed with police and buildings and vehicles were vandalized.

The chaos took place as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other city officials held a news conference.

“Above everything else I am a mother," said Bottom. "When I saw the murder of George Floyd I hurt like a mother would hurt. You’re not going to out concern me and out care me about where we are in America. I pray over my children each and every day. What I see happening is not Atlanta. This not a protest ... this is chaos, a protest has purpose."