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Over the weekend, another black man has been killed by police officers in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the two officers involved has been fired. The other has been placed on administrative duty. The APD Chief of Police has resigned in response to the fatal shooting.
The shooting took place in an Atlanta Wendy’s parking lot on Friday night. Rayshard Brooks, 27, has fallen asleep in the drive thru line, causing other cars to have to drive around him. Police were called to the scene.
Body cams and witness videos caught the whole incident. Officers first arrived, waking Brooks up, and having him move his car to a parking space. Brooks tells the officers that he has had a few drinks and can leave the car in the parking lot and walk to his sisters house, which is close by. A sobriety test was given to Brooks, he then took a breathalyzer, which officers say indicated he had too many drinks to drive. At this point, Officer Rolfe begins to handcuff Brooks. Video footage shows Brooks and the two officers grappling on the ground. Officer Brosnan attempts to use his taser, but Brooks grabs it. He then stands up, punches Officer Rolfe, who fires his taser at Brooks. Brooks begins to run away from the officers, with Officer Brosnan’s taser in his hand. Officer Rolfe chases Brooks, still attempting to stun him, but then switches his taser to his other hand, and grabs his gun, then firing the gun 3 times at Brooks.
Source: The New York Times