By Beau Evans | Marrietta Daily Journal, Rome News-Tribune | June 1, 2020

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Intense protesting against police brutality and racial injustice rocked several Georgia cities over the weekend as local officials imposed nightly curfews and Gov. Brian Kemp ordered National Guard members to help quell bouts of property destruction.

Demonstrations in Atlanta, Athens, Savannah and Gainesville coincided with nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a white officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes during an arrest last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Protests in the state also followed the arrests last month of two white men in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was gunned down in the Satilla Shores neighborhood near Brunswick on Feb. 23.

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About 200 people gather at the Cartersville courthouse Saturday for a march around the downtown district protesting racially motivated police brutality nationwide. Diane Wagner

In this Sunday, May 31, 2020 photo, a protester vandalizes the downtown Athens Confederate War Memorial after the main protest ended in downtown Athens, Ga. The protest was organized to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking demonstrations and riots around the country. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

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