Black Atlanta man Rayshard Brooks 'fleeing' police dies after shooting at a Wendy's drive-thru, investigators say
A 27-year-old black man was shot dead by a Atlanta official on the run from a Wendy transit fight late Friday night and died after surgery at a local hospital, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. An official was treated for an injury and released.
Rayshard Brooks had slept in a Wendy car in his car and had other customers drive around the car, the Bureau of Investigation said. The police were sent to Wendy at around 10:30 p.m. and did a sobriety test on Brooks, which officials said failed.
"During the arrest, the male subject resisted and there was a fight," said the Bureau of Investigation. "The officer used a taser. Witnesses report that the male subject seized and owned the taser during the fight. It was also reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the fight for the taser."
Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Saturday afternoon that the agency had collected Wendy's surveillance videos, police cameras, and viewer videos that were released on social media. The agency had spoken to at least one witness who confirmed the videos, Reynolds said.
Reynolds said Brooks had been investigated by the police for a suspected DUI. Reynolds said that based on the videos, Brooks appeared to have a taser in hand when he ran away from officers, and when he was "relatively short" or "five, six, seven parking spaces", Brooks turned and pointed the taser at the officers. Then an officer took out his gun and fired it, Reynolds said.
"The video shows that he is fleeing Atlanta police officers," said Reynolds.
Reynolds said he wasn't sure how many shots were fired. He did not comment on whether the use of force by the official was appropriate.
The agency planned to make the video available to the public by Saturday evening, Reynolds said.
"We haven't digitally improved this video yet, we will," said Reynolds.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said in a statement on Saturday that his office had already launched an "intensive, independent" investigation into the incident and that members of his office were on site shortly after the shootout.
"Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Rayshard Brooks family, as we must remember that this investigation focuses on the loss of life," said Howard.
The bystander video of Brooks' encounter with the police was released on social media on Friday evening. USA TODAY was unable to independently review the video.
Brooks' death occurs amid thousands of protests worldwide against police murder of black people. The mass protests began in late May after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed as a white Minneapolis policeman and had his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes.
The demonstrators gathered in front of Wendy on Friday evening and again on Saturday.
Speaking to a group of reporters on Saturday, Brooks' cousin Decatur Redd told CNN: "I don't know how to do it because I ever knew I had to do it. I've got it all over the Internet seen from. " George Floyd's situation ... and this whole thing ended up at my front door with my little cousin. "
Redd said that he and his two sons saw the video.
"The most hurtful thing for me is watching this video - waking up and watching the video," Redd told CNN.
In a statement on Saturday, the NAACP of Georgia demanded that Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms "be held responsible for the continuing threat to innocent black lives in their community."
On Saturday, June 13, 2020, demonstrators gather on University Ave near a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta.
"The Atlanteans woke up to worrying videos and reports that Rayshard was killed by the Atlanta Police Department. At this point, we have to deal with the overcrowded police presence in the black communities of Atlanta. This is not the first time that a black man has been was killed for sleeping, "the organization said in a statement. "The city of Atlanta needs to address this not only with its words, but also with its actions and budget decisions."
Georgian democrat Stacey Abrams condemned the shootout on Twitter on Saturday morning.
"The murder of #RayshardBrooks in Atlanta last night requires that we severely limit the use of lethal violence. Yes, investigations must be called for, but so must accountability," Abrams wrote. "Sleeping in a passage shouldn't end in death."
Other local officials in Georgia have also received an examination for their treatment of Ahmaud Arbery's murder in recent months. In February, 25-year-old Arbery, who was black, was fatally shot by three white men while jogging about 3 km from his home in a neighborhood outside of Brunswick, Georgia. In Arbery's case, which was eventually handed over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, it took more than two months for murder charges and arrests to take place.
"I just ironically thought it was about a month ago that I was up there with you when the GBI got involved in the Arbery affair in Brunswick," said Reynolds on Saturday. "As with the Arbery affair in Braunschweig, we will again ask for the patience of the community."
The murder of #RayshardBrooks in Atlanta last night requires that we severely limit the use of lethal violence. Yes, investigations must be requested - but so must accountability.
Sleeping in a passage must not end in death.
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The Mayor of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
The Fulton District Attorney's Office asked anyone with information about the incident to contact Donald.Hannah@fultoncountyga.gov.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Atlanta Shootout: Black Man Dies After Police Shot Wendy's
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