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Cops Release Video of Rayshard Brooks Killing

Police officer Garrett Rolfe is seen shooting the father of 4
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2020 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Now the world can see how Rayshard Brooks' life came to an end. Atlanta police released the video—two body cams (here and here), dashcam, surveillance—after a Saturday press conference, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It does appear in the video that [Brooks] is fleeing from the Atlanta police officers" and turns back "with what appears to the naked eye to be his Taser" taken from an officer, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds of surveillance video from Wendy's. That's when the officer, Garrett Rolfe, appears to draw his service weapon and fire. "It's helpful if you see what we see," said Reynolds, per the Journal-Constitution. The GBI is investigating. For more:

  • Blood alcohol: The footage shows Rolfe, 27, and Officer Devin Brosnan talking to Brooks and giving him a sobriety test Friday night, the New York Times reports. The officers arrived because Brooks had fallen asleep in a Wendy's drive-thru, forcing cars to drive around him. "I think you've had too much to drink to be driving," Rolfe says. His blood alcohol limit was .108, a little over the .08 legal limit.

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  • 'Hands off': That's when the officers try to handcuff 27-year-old Brooks and he resists. The three struggle for 41 seconds and Brooks grabs Bronsan's Taser. There's a shout: "Hands off the Taser!" Both officer body cams fall off and land pointing upwards, per the Washington Post.
  • The turn: The Wendy's video shows Rolfe chasing Brooks across the parking lot. Brooks turns with a bright object in his hand—the Taser, it seems—and Rolfe unholsters and fires his gun three times, per Alive11.
  • Bystanders: Rolfe runs to his SUV and calls for help on the radio as bystanders are heard condemning the shooting. "Unarmed. Non-violent," one says, per Buzzfeed. "Nothing wrong with how he conducted himself whatsoever, and you pull a ... gun dude?"
  • Fallout: Rolfe was fired, Brosnan put on administrative duty, and Police Chief Erika Shields resigned, per CBS News. Protesters gathered, chanted "No justice, no peace," and burned down the Wendy's. "I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force," said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
  • 'Devastated': Atlanta Police Union spokesman Ken Allen told the Journal-Constitution that rank-and-file officers were "devastated" by Rolfe's firing and demoralized by Shields stepping down. "I certainly wouldn't be proactive if I was an officer now," he said.
  • 'Killed for sleeping': "This is not the first time a black man has been killed for sleeping," said Rev. James Woodall, head of the Georgia NAACP, per the Post. "While Atlanta is often called 'the Black Mecca,' the Atlanta Police Department has a continued history of antagonizing our communities."
  • His daughter: Brooks' 8-year-old daughter was waiting for him to come home and celebrate her birthday on Saturday. "They had a birthday party for her ... with cupcakes," the family attorney tells CNN. "While we were sitting there talking to her mom about why her dad's not coming home." Brooks has two other daughters, ages 1 and 2, and a 13-year-old stepson.
(Read more police shooting stories.)

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