Rayshard Brooks, 27, is at the center of anther racially-charged use of force incident on Friday night in Atlanta.
We have already seen a massive, hours-long shutdown of the Interstate, the resignation of a Police Chief, a Mayor calling for the heads of officers involved, and rioters burning down a Wendy’s.
Here’s what happened:
The driver of a vehicle in a Wendy’s drive-thru had fallen asleep. Police were called to respond. The driver failed a sobriety test.
In the process of arresting him, Rayshard is on video attacking the arresting officers, fists flying. He overpowered them one the ground, stripped one officer of his taser, and fled.
Officer involved shooting last night in Atlanta, GA (District 5) I grew up in this neighborhood. It’s time to have the conversation! RESISTING arrest, excessive force, & justified shootings😞 this young man is deceased. #RayshardBrooks #Atlanta #Police #District5 pic.twitter.com/MSogObtUZF
— Angela Stanton King 🇺🇸 (@theangiestanton) June 13, 2020
While fleeing, police, he was seen to have turned back towards the cops in pursuit with something, possibly the taser, in his hand, posing what the police behind him perceived as a threat. That was the point at which lethal force was applied, with 3 shots being fired.
— White&Woke (@WhiteWoke2) June 13, 2020
On Saturday, the following day, Atlanta came to grips with what happened, and everything hit the fan.
The Mayor called for the officers involved to be fired, without giving them the benefit of an investigation, first. And the police chief resigned…
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms calls for the "immediate termination" of the police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last night. She also announced that Atlanta's Police, Chief Ericka Shields, voluntarily stepped down. pic.twitter.com/aN6c7tlEUh
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) June 13, 2020
The crowds got big, and restless…
In Atlanta, protesters have completely shut down all 14 lanes of the I-75/I-85 southbound highway.
— FOLLOW FOR RIOT VIDEOS ➐ (@realasysk) June 14, 2020
Some chick chucked a Molotov into the Wendy’s where it happened as though it were somehow the fast-food place’s fault that the police and Brooks tangled. The Wendy’s burned to the ground.
Fire at Wendy's on University Ave in southwest Atlanta raging. A night to remember in Atlanta: Rayshard Brooks shot by an officer, the chief of Atlanta police resigned, and protesters stormed the interstate. Now, fire. #AtlantaShooting #AtlantaProtest pic.twitter.com/Fgjq7jhDiZ
— Ric Garni (@RICGARNI) June 14, 2020
(Because race is considered such a mitigating factor in these scenarios: the cops were white, the dead guy was black, and the chick with the Molotov was white.)
And whaddayaknow. They’ve already canned him. That was pretty quick.
It's starting to make sense why the police chief resigned. Atlanta doesn't give a fuck about their cops. They would be wise to leave the force now and do lateral transfers elsewhere https://t.co/2s3BjWynkG
— Nuance Bro (@NuanceBro) June 14, 2020
The other guy is now on administrative leave.