Black man shot and killed during a confrontation with two police officers in Atlanta Friday


27-year-old black man Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed during a confrontation with two white police officers in Atlanta last Friday night, according to CBS News. Police said that Brooks fell asleep in the Wendy’s drive-thru and failed a sobriety test. The department released body camera video in which Brooks admitted to having a few drinks for his daughter’s birthday, and a struggle occurred when the officers tried to cuff him. Brooks stole a Taser from an officer, ran from the officers, and aimed the Taser at the police before the officer fired the weapon, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated, citing surveillance video that has been released to the public. Brooks died after undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital. ~

The officer who killed Brooks, Garret Rolfe, has been fired from the Atlanta Police Department. An investigation into the actions of the officer is underway. Tomika Miller, who was married to Brooks for eight years, said “It was murder — that was not justified, he was shot running away.” MIller demands justice for her husband. “I want them to go to jail,” Miller said of the officers. “I want them to deal with the same things as if it was my husband who killed somebody else. If it was my husband who shot them, he would be in jail. He would be doing a life sentence.” Less than 24 hours after the shooting, city police chief Erika Shields resigned and made the following statement.”I have faith in the mayor, and it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” ~

Following his death, the Wendy’s drive-through restaurant where he was stopped was set on fire on Saturday, according to BBC. On Sunday evening, more than 100 people turned out in the rain at the site of the shooting for a peaceful protest. According to the Fulton County medical examiner, the manner of death of Rayshard Brooks was “homicide.” He suffered two gunshots to the back that caused organ injuries and blood loss. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told CNN that three charges could apply against sacked police officer Garrett Rolfe: murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. ~

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