Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed by police in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 12, 2020.
Brooks was asleep in his car which was parked near a restaurant. Police officers awakened Brooks and told him to move the car to a parking space. Officers felt smell of alcohol and performed a breathalyzer test which confirmed that Brooks was impaired.
Police said Brooks resisted arrest. He allegedly tried to take a taser away from the officer, got out of the car and tried to escape. One of the officers fired three shots at Brooks. He died in a hospital from blood loss and injuries.
Brooks’ family sued the city and the police department, but the investigation was closed. In May 2021, the city revoked his dismissal of the officer who shot Brooks.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said.
“Given the volatile state of our city and nation last summer, the decision to terminate this officer, after he fatally shot Mr. Brooks in the back, was the right thing to do,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.