Stacey Abrams on police shooting of Rayshard Brooks: 'There is a legitimacy to this outrage'
Former Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams said on Sunday that the fatal shots by the Atlanta police at Rayshard Brooks showed the "legitimacy" of outrage expressed by widespread protests across the country.
The death of 27-year-old Brooks triggered Saturday night demonstrations in Atlanta, the resignation of the city's chief of police and the dismissal of one of the officials involved.
Brooks' death is the latest in a series of African Americans, many young men, who were killed by police officers or guards in video-recorded confrontations.
Stacey Abrams on "This Week". (Screenshot: ABC)
"Activists necessarily question what is actually being done," Abrams, who has expressed interest in becoming Joe Biden's vice president, said in ABC's "This Week".
She continued, "And what I would say is: This anger has legitimacy. This outrage has legitimacy. A man was murdered for sleeping in a passage. And we know this is not an isolated case."
The authorities in Georgia said the incident started late Friday evening when they responded to a complaint that a man, later identified as Brooks, was sleeping in an Atlanta Wendy's passage.
This screenshot from a body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks talking to Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)
Police said he failed a sobriety test and opposed the arrest by grabbing a taser from an officer while fleeing. According to a statement by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Brooks aimed the taser at an officer who opened the fire and killed him.
"I don't think this was a justified use of lethal violence," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Saturday.
Atlanta police chief Erika Shields resigned that day, and the police department announced early Sunday morning that one officer identified as Garrett Rolfe had been released and another, Devin Brosnan, was on administrative leave.
On Saturday evening, demonstrators gathered at Wendy's and the fast food restaurant was set on fire.
An Atlanta's Wendy's burns during a Saturday evening protest. (Ben Hendren / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Widespread demonstrations of the Black Lives Matter took place in the U.S. after a white Minneapolis policeman was filmed on May 25, kneeling by George Floyd's neck and killing the unarmed 46-year-old black man while arrested when he screamed for air . Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with second degree murder and other crimes.
Although some protesters are calling for the police to be defused, Abrams said on ABC on Sunday that the debate was a "wrong choice".
"We have to change how we see the role of law enforcement, how we see the construction of public security, and how we invest not only in the work that it has to do to protect us, but also in the work that we do Afford." must do to protect and build our communities. "
A man holds a sign during a protest near the Atlanta Wendy where Rayshard Brooks was shot by the police. (Brynn Anderson / AP)
Abrams, who served as a minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, drew attention during a high-profile governor's run against Republican Brian Kemp in 2018. The race was marred by allegations of electoral irregularities, and Abrams has since spearheaded efforts to protect voters.
She has also drawn attention as one of several Democrats who have openly expressed interest in joining Biden's campaign as his election for the Vice President. Biden also said he did not support defusing the police.
Abrams informed moderator Stephen Colbert last week that the Biden team had not contacted her to be checked for the position, but she declined to elaborate on this during her ABC interview.
"My focus is on ensuring that we have elections that can take place in November," she said. "There will be no vice president, there will be no president if our democracy breaks down among the inefficiencies and inequalities we see." ”
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