Atlanta man killed by police was shot in his back

Atlanta man killed by police was shot in his back

Atlanta man killed by police was shot in his back

Police said Sunday the department terminated Officer Garrett Rolfe, who fired the fatal shots, and officer Devin Brosnan was placed on administrative duty. His death has been ruled a homicide, and the officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, has been fired.

EVEN as the rage exhibited by protesters across the world over the tragic killing of George Floyd refuses to subside, the news regarding the death of another African-American at the hands of white police officers, this time in the United States city of Atlanta, has unleashed more anger.

District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said a decision on filing charges will be made by Wednesday.

Brooks' death reignited protests in Atlanta after days of worldwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality prompted by the death of George Floyd, another Black American, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

Rolfe was sacked from the department after last week's shooting in the auto park of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant, which was captured by body and surveillance cameras.

State and local officials in Georgia, Illinois and other parts of the US also moved to increase police accountability and reduce violence amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.

Some observers said the officers had options other than to arrest Brooks, especially at a time when the coronavirus is making jails more risky.

"If it was my husband who shot them, he would be in jail", Miller said. "He would be doing a life sentence".

"The need to immediately apprehend is taken away".

As officers attempted to put Brooks in handcuffs, a struggle ensued and he got a hold of one of the officers' stun guns, according to the video and investigators. He suffered two gunshots to the back that caused organ injuries and blood loss.

The family of Rayshard Brooks addresses the media
The family of Rayshard Brooks addresses the media

It was an impassioned plea at a peaceful protest, one of the many that have rocked Atlanta since Brooks' death.

"It is clear that we do not have another day, another minute, another hour to waste", she said.

In an impassioned speech, Bottoms said she shared the anger of demonstrators who marched to the Capitol by the hundreds earlier in the day calling for social justice and police reforms.

Lloyd Pierce, coach of the local National Basketball Association team the Atlanta Hawks, was expected to address the crowd outside the capitol, where the Georgia legislature was holding its first session since the coronavirus pandemic.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Saturday she doesn't believe the shooting was justified.

Rolfe has been terminated from the police force. What ensued was a violent confrontation, captured on multiple videos, that would add fuel to protests roiling the nation over police use of excessive force on black people. Biden, for his part, has tried to distance the party from the defund movement, instead advocating increased funding for community policing.

The widow of a black man fatally shot outside a fast food restaurant has shared her grief.

They say employees complained that Brooks was asleep in a auto that blocked the restaurant's drive-thru lane.

Vince Champion, southeast regional director for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, said two firearm incidents over seven years prior to the Brooks' shooting did not represent a pattern given the inherent dangers of the job.

Twenty-seven -year-old Rayshard Brooks died after he was shot twice in the back as he ran away from police after failing a breathalyser test.

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