Georgia governor declares state of emergency

The state has activated up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic and a surge of violence.
2:09 | 07/07/20

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We want to focus on Georgia, also hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Also hit by a surge of violence. The governor has now declared a state of emergency there activating up to a thousand National Guard troops. Atlanta's mayor Keisha Lance bottoms will join us live in just a moment. Let's start with Steve osunsami with the latest. Good morning to you, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, T.J. There are many here who feel the governor didn't need to do this to put troops again on the streets of Atlanta. That this was a political move but the governor is saying that if the city can't control its gun violence, then he will. Military vehicles in as many as a thousand troops from the Georgia National Guard are protecting state buildings in Atlanta this morning after Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency. The troops are a response to gun violence that wounded more than 30 people and killed five. 8-year-old secoriea turner was killed outside this Wendy's restaurant by men with long guns who set up barricades and had taken over the street after 27-year-old rayshard brooks was killed here at the hands of a white police officer. The restaurant had become a memorial, but there were still shootings. These aren't police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta. These are members of the community shooting each other. Reporter: The extraordinary amount of gun violence is hitting cities across the country and hitting black communities the hardest. In Chicago this holiday weekend 77 people were shot. 14 of them died. Including 7-year-old Natalie Wallace. In New York City, gun incidents were up 130% compared to last year according to the NYPD. They say the push for police reforms have made it harder for officers to protect residents of any color. They are afraid if they make an arrest that if their knee goes on the back of someone that they are fighting their life or they could be prosecuted. Reporter: Investigators here are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads them to the two gunmen who they believe killed this little girl. George. Steve osunsami, thanks. Let's bring in the mayor of

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