WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Unrest ensues in Atlanta in a yet another killing incident involving police officers and a black American man.
- Following the death of Rayshard Brooks, the police chief of Atlanta steps down on her post.
- Atlanta police officers involved in the case were sanctioned, and one was fired from active duty.
On Saturday night, demonstrations and property damages burst in Atlanta with people responding to the recent killing by the police of a 27-year-old man, Rayshard Brooks, in the vicinity of a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant.
Wendy’s was set on fire Saturday night as protesters surrounded its parking lot where police shot Brooks as he runs away after seizing a stun gun from an officer during their encounter.
WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported that on early Sunday at about 4 a.m. ET, Wendy’s was again on fire.
FOX 5 of Atlanta reported that there are also demonstrators assembled along University Avenue, with Atlanta police restricting entree to Interstate 85.
As the conflict rages on, the Atlanta Police Department announced it already sanctioned two police officers in involved in Brooks’ death. Atlanta’s WSB-TV reported that police officer Garrett Rolfe, who served more than six years with the department was sacked, and trooper Devin Bronsan, who was in the force since 2018, was put under an administrative duty.
On Saturday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms confirmed that police Chief Erika Shields has voluntarily resigned from the post. The mayor clarified though that Shields would still be working with the department.
Bottoms added that the incident did not require the use of excessive force from the police officers.
Following the incident, protesters had vandalized properties in the street outside of the Atlanta law enforcement facility with the words “Defund the police.”
The disorder in Atlanta came as the whole country confronts the institutional police discrimination against African Americans and other communities which are considered minor. The issues continue to persist, especially after the death of George Floyd while under arrest by Minneapolis officers on May 25.
Residents of Atlanta were also responding from no less than two other police discrimination incidences.
On May 30, several police officers were captured on video firing stun guns on two young adults seated on a car who can’t move in traffic due to rallies that night. The six police officers tied on the case have been since charged.
Atlanta’s FOX 5 reported that on May 29, a police officer had pressed a woman, Amber Jackson, to the ground. The woman suffered a broken clavicle and had to undergo surgery. The police who was responsible was put on administrative leave.
Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia representative, commented on Twitter that sleeping while in a drive-thru must not result in death. She was referring to Brooks’ case where police responded to a call late Friday about someone sleeping in a vehicle causing traffic obstruction in the drive-thru.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp confirmed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has started probing Brooks’s death incident.
Source: Fox News