Trump says Rayshard Brooks's killing is 'very sad' but you 'can’t resist a police officer'
In a comprehensive interview about Hannity on Wednesday evening, President Trump briefly discussed the recent death of Rayshard Brooks, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer.
Brooks was found asleep in his car while Wendy was driving through, and after an initially very warm interaction, he and two officers got into a fight when one of them tried to arrest him after a failed sobriety test. During the argument, Brooks had possession of one of the officer's tasers and appeared to shoot the taser towards one of the officers as he ran away. Then the former officer shot Garrett Rolfe Brooks twice in the back.
"I thought it was a terrible situation," said Trump, "but you can't resist a policeman, and if you have a disagreement, you have to take it up later." It was a very sad - very, very sad - thing. You see, it was out of control. The whole situation was out of control. "
Trump claimed to have received new information about the night from Rolfe's perspective, but he seemed a bit skeptical.
"I heard today and just received a report that the lawyer told the police officer that he heard a sound like a gun, a gunshot, and a flash of lightning," said Trump. "So that's interesting - you know, I don't know that I absolutely believed it. But I'll tell you, that's a very interesting thing, and maybe that's the way it is. You have to find out."
Rolfe was released on Sunday and indicted on Wednesday for eleven crimes, including murder. Trump hopes Rolfe will be given a fair trial and expressed his belief that the police have not been treated fairly in the face of weeks of nationwide protests against police violence against blacks.
"It is now up to justice. It will be up to justice," said Trump. "I hope he gets a fair shock because the police in our country were not treated fairly. They were not treated fairly."
And Trump reiterated that Rayshard Brooks should not resist the arrest.
"But you can't resist such a cop here, and they got into a very terrible disagreement," said Trump, "and look at how it ended. Very bad. Very bad."
Hannity broadcasts on weekdays at 9 p.m. on Fox News Channel.
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