Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, responding to weeks of violent protests in Atlanta that have seen 30 people wounded and five killed by gunfire over the July 4 weekend, issued an executive order on July 6 declaring a state of emergency across Georgia and authorizing the activation of up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops. Among those killed was an eight-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner.
For Richard Jewell, his temporary job as a security guard at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta was an opportunity to obtain another position in law enforcement. In a few short days, the excitement of the festivities in Centennial Olympic Park would give way to the prospect of a life as an unemployed bachelor, forced to move back in with his mother.
The 10-candidate Democratic presidential debate held Wednesday night in Atlanta had two main points. The first was that President Donald Trump was a “pathological liar” and “corrupt” (Senator Bernie Sanders), and that “we have a criminal living in the White House” (Senator Kamala Harris). Harris even included Vice President Mike Pence in what she called a “criminal enterprise.”