Rayshard Brooks, 27, was killed by police officer in Atlanta, triggering fiery protests against police brutality.
Footage released by investigators of the deadly police shooting of Rayshard Brooks shows Brooks telling officers he is not armed and consenting to a pat down before he is killed.
Brooks had been reported to police for sleeping in the drive-thru of Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta on Friday night. After telling Brooks to pull off to a side of the parking lot, the officers ask him if he is armed.
“I just have money for gas and that’s it,” he responds. When asked if they can pat him down, Brooks consents: “Absolutely that’s fine”.
After checking Brooks for weapons, the officers then administer a sobriety test, which Brooks reportedly failed.
As they attempt to hand cuff him, a scuffle ensues. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, surveillance footage from Wendy’s and witnesses cell phone footage “indicate” Brooks took one of the officers Tasers during the scuffle. At one point, Brooks, as he flees, appears to fire the Taser at officer Garrett Rolfe, who then fires his gun three times at Brooks, fatally hitting him.
After news spread like viral and protests emerged , Garrett Rolfe and Devin Bronsan, the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, were fired and placed on administrative duty, respectively.
Atlanta’s police chief resigned on Saturday hours after the killing of a Black man, who had fallen asleep in his car while waiting in line at a fast food drive-through restaurant.
It is to be noted one of the four former Minneapolis police officers who was charged over the death of George Floyd was released on $750,000 bail.
Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 after a policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. His death has sparked nationwide calls for policing reforms and global protests.