(FreedomBeacon.com)- Last Thursday Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency after riots in Atlanta turned violent over the previous weekend.
Kemp called for up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard members and made “all resources” available to respond to the riots.
The governor said that his order was issued due to the “unlawful assemblage, violence, overt threats of violence, disruption of the peace and tranquility of this state and danger to existing persons of property.”
During the rioting on January 21, law enforcement arrested six people when protests over a proposed training ground for the Atlanta Police Department turned violent, with rioters shooting fireworks into cars, smashing windows on buildings, and setting a police car on fire as they reached downtown.
The group “Stop Cop City” has been demonstrating for months against the training facility. However, after one of the activists, Manuel Teran shot a Georgia state trooper and was subsequently shot and killed by police, the protests turned violent.
The rioters claim that the police are lying about the events leading to Teran’s death and are calling for an independent investigation into the police shooting.
During coverage of the riots in Atlanta, CNN interviewed David Peisner, a freelance journalist who pals around with the Antifa radicals, writing glowing reports about their valiant efforts to burn cities to the ground.
In his appearance on “CNN Newsroom,” Peisner claimed that attacking the Atlanta Police Foundation and other downtown businesses as well as using “explosives” to set police cars ablaze wasn’t “violence.”
He claimed that using the word “violence” to describe such violent acts is “blurring the lines,” and questioned whether it is proper to use the word “violence” to describe “property destruction.”
Peisner admitted that some people might believe that property destruction is violence, but he did not. He argued that equating property destruction to “actual violence against humans” is “kind of a dangerous and slippery concept.”
He scolded CNN for continually using the word, “violent” to describe the rioting, adding that the only violent acts he saw being committed were when police officers tackled protesters. He also claimed that the destruction was only being done by a “small group” of people.
Governor Kemp’s state of emergency will expire on February 9 unless the governor renews it.