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Atlanta Police Officer Shooting: Another Black Man Killed

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A 27-year-old black man was killed in Atlanta police officer shooting after he was found sleeping in a parked car at a Wendy’s drive-thru on Friday night, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Officials have identified the killed man, who resisted arrest and struggled for an officer’s Taser, as Rayshard Brooks of Atlanta.

Based on a statement of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, at about 10:33 p.m. local time the two officers were called to the scene after receiving a complaint that Brooks was asleep in a parked car in the drive-thru, authorities reported. 

Actually, the GBI announced Brooks failed a field sobriety test, after which officers attempted to arrest him.

“Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser,” the statement added. “It has also been reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser.”

A video captured of Atlanta police officer shooting

Witnesses provided video to investigators, the GBI stated on Twitter.”The GBI is aware that there is a video posted on social media captured by witnesses in this incident. We are reviewing the video & the early investigative information in this case. We’ll provide an update as soon as we can,” the tweet said.

Like the case of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arber, video footage of the Atlanta police officer shooting captured by a witness in a car has since spread on social media.

As you can see in the video, a struggle between Brooks and officers continues for about half a minute. Brooks seems to grab a Taser device, breaks free and runs out of the frame away from the police.

One officer with what looks like a Taser chases after him and another officer follows. Suddenly the sound of three gunshots being fired can be heard.


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Police brutality in Atlanta

Brooks’ death comes after weeks of protests in metro Atlanta and around the country of police brutality following the death of George Floyd last month in custody in Minneapolis.

Atlanta has seen frequent protests that some that turned violent. Six Atlanta Police Department officers were facing charges of utilizing unnecessary force throughout one, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced June 2. Two of the officers were fired by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Surprisingly, this is the 48th police-related shooting to be investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2020.

Thought, Brooks was taken to a hospital, he died following surgery, the GBI said. Also an officer was treated for an injury and discharged from the hospital.

Witness claims the police were talking to the victim before shooting

Atlanta police didn’t respond to a request for comment yet, and the GBI added there is no more information available as of Saturday morning.

In another video of the scene, an apparent witness, who is recording video, claims the police were talking to Brooks for 20 minutes before the shooting.

“I saw you all talking to him for 20 minutes,” the witness says, addressing a police officer. “Unarmed. Non-violent. Nothing wrong with how he conducted himself whatsoever, and you pull a f**king gun dude?”

A crowd were outside the parking and marched holding signs. They chanted “No justice, no peace.” 

The GBI is investigating at the request of the APD. Once completed, the case will be turned over to prosecutors for review.


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