A video shows 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks running away when shots can be heard.
Jun 13, 2020
By Eilish O’Sullivan
Photo: People gather outside the Georgia State Capitol during a protest against police brutality on June 6, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
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Update 5:20pm CT, June 13: At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned following the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Rodney Bryant is set to become Atlanta’s interim police chief. According to CNN, Bottoms is calling for the termination of the officer involved in Brooks’ death.
Twenty-seven-year-old Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot by Atlanta police Friday night after they received a complaint he was asleep in a Wendy’s drive-thru.
Brooks was reportedly asleep in his parked car when Atlanta Police Department officers showed up to the scene around 10:30pm. He reportedly wasn’t blocking the window, and customers could still drive around his car to get to it.
According to a now-viral social media video of the incident, a struggle ensued between two officers and Brooks. Brooks resisted arrest, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), and one of the officers deployed a taser.
“Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser,” the statement said. “It has also been reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser.”
In a video shared to Twitter, Brooks can be seen running away from the officers, and then shots can be heard off-camera. According to TMZ, police shot Brooks three times as he was running away. Brooks later died after receiving surgery at a hospital.
RayShard Brooks was running away from the police and they shot him in the back?! There’s no justification for killing this man we want justice! #BlackLivesMatter. T.I said Atlanta was WAKANDA pic.twitter.com/ebSGaMR5sY— 💜Mamba Mentality💛 (@SplashyStackss) June 13, 2020
An alleged witness recorded another video that was posted to social media.
“I saw y’all talking to him for 20 minutes,” the person recording says to a nearby officer. “Unarmed. Non-violent. Nothing wrong with how he conducted himself, whatsoever, and you pull a fucking gun dude?”
🚨Atlanta police shot and killed a Black man tonight … Here is the direct aftermath. … Meanwhile Keisha Lance Bottoms is doing CNN interviews and panels pic.twitter.com/SNEUY5UujM— The Ghetto Rhetorician (@Issa_Brae) June 13, 2020
Protesters later showed up to the scene and began shouting at officers, “no justice, no peace.”
The GBI said via Twitter that it is reviewing the “video posted on social media captured by witnesses in this incident.”
A protest was held at the location on Saturday, where Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd said the officers’ actions didn’t seem justified, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Stacy Abrams also has called for an investigation and accountability via Twitter.
“Sleeping in a drive-thru must not end in death,” Stacey Abrams wrote.
The incident follows weeks-long protests against police brutality and systematic racism. According to the AJC, this is the 48 Atlanta Police Department police shooting that the GBI has investigated in 2020.