Who is Rayshard Brooks? Father of 4 celebrated daughter's birthday hours before police shot him in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Hours before the police shot him in front of a Wendy fast food restaurant in Atlanta on Friday, Rayshard Brooks had done what fathers did: a father-daughter day in honor of his little girl's eighth birthday.
The party should roll into the next day with an ice skating party. But 27-year-old Brooks wouldn't be there.
The father of four was shot dead by a Atlanta police officer on the run during a fight on a Wendy transit late Friday night and died in a hospital, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Brooks had slept in his car while driving through and had other customers drive around the vehicle, GBI said.
The police were sent to Wendy around 10:30 p.m. and did a sobriety test on Brooks, who failed the test, and then defied the investigators who said he was arrested.
Rayshard Brooks was the father of four children.
GBI director Vic Reynolds said Brooks grabbed a taser from an officer and pointed it at the officer when he fled. The officer fired three shots.
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Family lawyer Justin Miller said Brooks took his daughter to do her nails and get something to eat on Friday. On Saturday, she put on a special dress for the second round of the big event and was waiting for her father.
"She was wearing her birthday dress because she was waiting for her father to pick her up to skate her," Miller said at a press conference on Saturday. "While we were there today, they had a birthday party for their eighth birthday with cupcakes ... while we were sitting there talking to her mother about why her father isn't coming home."
Another family lawyer, L. Chris Stewart, said Brooks worked in a "tortilla place". He said the officer who shot Brooks should be charged with "unjustified use of lethal violence, which is tantamount to murder."
Stewart said lawyers were with the family on Saturday and watched the children "play and laugh and be unaware of the fact that their father was murdered."
"Law enforcement can't be both ways," said Stewart. "You can't say a taser is a non-lethal weapon ... but when an African American grabs it and runs with it, it's now a type of lethal, lethal weapon that asks you to unload someone."
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The officer involved in the Brooks shootout was fired and another was transferred to administration, the police said on Sunday. The police released pictures of body cameras and dash cameras by both officers. Atlanta police chief Erika Shields also resigned.
Crystal Brooks, who said she was the sister-in-law of Rayshard Brooks, joined protesters in front of the Atlanta Wendy on Saturday evening.
"He didn't harm anyone," she said. "The police went to the car and even though the car was parked, they pulled him out of the car and started arguing with him. He grabbed the taser, but he just grabbed the taser and ran. "
Ellis reported from Atlanta; Miller from Arlington, Virginia. Contributors: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Rayshard Brooks celebrated his daughter's 8th birthday before the police shot him
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