2 Police officers to answer for killing Rayshard Brooks in Atalanta

Barely three weeks after the killing of George Floyd by four Police officers in Minneapolis, another Black American has been shot by a Police officer in car park of a Wendy’s in Atlanta on Friday night and died later in the hospital. The 27-year-old father Rayshard Brooks’s name has become the latest in the hash tag #Black Lives Matter campaign shortly after George Floyd who was seen begging for his life from Police Officers.    

George Perry Floyd Jr. was an African American man who was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Protests in response to both Floyd’s death, and more broadly to police violence against black people, quickly spread across the United States and internationally. On Monday evening, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a forty-six-year-old black man named George Floyd died in a way that highlighted the implications that calls such as the one Amy Cooper placed can have.

Police had been called to a drive-thru restaurant to reports of a man asleep in his car.

They found Mr Brooks at the wheel in the car park. His door was open.

They talked for several minutes and searched him. He was compliant throughout.

They then asked him to take part in a “field sobriety test”. Again, he complied.

After more discussion, he agreed to a breathalyser test, as seen in the next clip.

Mr Brooks failed the breath test.

Officer Garrett Rolfe then attempts to handcuff Mr Brooks. His bodycam picks up the moment.

“Alright, I think you’ve had too much to drink to be driving, so put your hands behind your back for me. Put your hands behind your back,” he says.

Mr Brooks resists.

In the scuffle, the bodycam falls to the floor.

The footage below shows the same moment from Officer Devin Brosnan’s camera. His camera too eventually ends up on the floor.

This next clip shows the same moment again, but from the dashcam. You can see that Mr Brooks tries to break free.

The three wrestle and Mr Brooks takes one of the officer’s Taser stun guns. The other officer then fires his Taser. Mr Brooks runs off with one of the tasers.

This footage, from a nearby security camera, shows the seconds which were not caught on the police cameras of the moment Mr Brooks was fatally shot.

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