Atlanta PD fatally shoots Black man Rayshard Brooks at Wendy’s after scuffle with Taser, people call it murder

Per the GBI, Atlanta police were called about a man asleep in the drive-thru, forcing customers to go around. They gave Brooks a field sobriety test, which he failed before allegedly resisting arrest

                            Atlanta PD fatally shoots Black man Rayshard Brooks at Wendy’s after scuffle with Taser, people call it murder
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA: On Friday, June 12, around 10.30 p.m., 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks died following a police shooting in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. According to news reports, the incident occurred after Atlanta police were called for a report of a man asleep in the drive-thru, forcing customers to go around his vehicle. 

Per the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the police gave Brooks a field sobriety test, which he failed, and added that he resisted arrest and struggled with officers. 

GBI director Vic Reynolds announced on Saturday, June 13, that the department would soon release footage from Wendy's surveillance camera, which allegedly shows Brooks was shot while fleeing the officers with a Taser in hand. 

According to the video, Brooks ran the length of about five to seven parking spaces before turning around and pointing the Taser at the officer, Reynolds said. “At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there, in the parking lot and he goes down,” Reynolds said.

The case, reportedly, will be presented to the D.A., but there is much outrage around it already. The head of Georgia's NAACP, per TMZ, has demanded the resignation of the police chief. 

Brooks’ killing comes in the wake of global protests against racism and police violence, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Decatur Redd, a relative of Brooks, said, “I don't know how to do this because I never knew that I was going to have to do this. I've watched this on the internet, from the whole George Floyd situation to us coming together like we're doing and this whole thing landed on my doorstep with my little cousin. I thought Atlanta was higher than that. I thought Atlanta was bigger than that.”

“We've been watching this happen for so many years, with young black boys around the country just dying in vain,” Redd further added. “I just don't want that to continue and keep happening like that.”

On Twitter, many continued the debate of racially-motivated police violence. A twitter user wrote, “Shot because he was Black and sleeping in a drive-through, or because those officer’s views toward Black people is so racially poisoned.”

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wrote on Twitter: “The killing of #RayshardBrooks in Atlanta last night demands we severely restrict the use of deadly force. Yes, investigations must be called for - but so too should accountability. Sleeping in a drive-thru must not end in death.”

Many called the shooting murder. A Twitter user wrote, “He was intoxicated and fell asleep in the drive-thru. Cops were called. He got into a tussle with the cops. He was able to run away. Cops shoot him in the back. He was shot in the back, man. Cops shooting an unarmed man in the back is murder, man.”

Another wrote, “Struggling with police is not punishable by death. Grabbing a Taser to stop from being tased isn’t punishable by death. Running away from police on foot, unarmed isn’t punishable by death. But the Atlanta police murdered.”

While the surveillance camera footage is not available yet, a phone camera video of the incident has been reported by several outlets. The video is available here, however, it is extremely graphic. 

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