Demonstrations erupted in Atlanta on Saturday to protest the death of a man the day before during an attempted arrest. Protesters blocked a highway and set fire to Wendy’s fast food restaurant near which Rayshard Brooks was killed in a confrontation with police, local media reported.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose name was introduced as Democrat Joe Biden’s possible running mate for the November presidential election, announced the resignation of Erika Shields, who had been head of the Atlanta police force for other. 20 years.
“Because of her desire for Atlanta to be a model of what meaningful reform across the country should be, Erika Shields resigned her immediate resignation as police chief,” the mayor said in televised statements. The events took place on Friday evening in Atlanta, the capital of the state of Georgia.
They come as numerous protests against police violence and racism have been taking place for weeks in the United States and other countries, following the death of George Floyd, an African-American who died of suffocation by a police officer. in Minneapolis, in the north of the United States.
Reconstruction of the facts
Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, fell asleep in his car on the driveway to Wendy’s restaurant, according to an official report, and workers called the police because his customer vehicle got stuck.
The man was alcoholic and resisted when police tried to arrest him, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation report said. CCTV footage shows “that during a physical fight with the officers, Brooks grabbed the Taser from one of the agents and fled,” the report said. “The officers chased Brooks on foot and in the pursuit Brooks turned around and pointed the Taser at the officer. The officer used his gun, hitting Brooks, “the document reads.
Brooks was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery, but died shortly thereafter, the report said, adding that an officer was injured. The mayor said the officer who fired the fatal shot should be removed from office. The latter, identified as Garrett Rolfe, was fired from the Atlanta police force and a second officer was suspended, according to ABC News.