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Gov. Kemp declares 15-day State of Emergency, deploys National Guard after violent protests

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a 15-day state of emergency in Georgia and deployed the National Guard in anticipation of continued protests over a proposed Atlanta police training facility.

As part of the emergency declaration, Kemp has called up 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops. The State of Emergency will stay in effect until Feb. 9.

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Violent protests broke out last weekend in downtown Atlanta days after a protester was shot and killed by a Georgia State Patrol trooper on the site of the planned APD training facility

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the protester, identified as 26-year-old Manuel Teran, shot and critically injured a trooper. The trooper, who hasn’t been identified due to safety concerns, is expected to survive.

Following Teran’s death, a group of hundreds of protesters gathered at Underground Atlanta Saturday night before marching into downtown Atlanta. Protesters then set a police car on fire and smashed windows out of several businesses. Six protesters were arrested.

We’re working to learn more about this developing story, for Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m.

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