Atlanta Police Chief Resigns after a Police Officer Fatally Shot an African-American man named Rayshard Brooks

  • Mayor of Atlanta (Georgia) Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced that Atlanta’s police chief Erika Shields has resigned after the fatal shooting of an African-American man named Rayshard Brooks during an arrest attempt. The 27-years old victim was shot by a 6-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, Garrett Rolfe, after Rayshard Brooks freed himself during an arrest and started running away. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), probing the matter, said that the police officers were called to Wendy's restaurant after the victim fell asleep in his car, blocking the drive-through lane. Police’ bodycam footage shows that the officers administered a sobriety test followed by a breathalyzer test with the permission of Brooks. However, Brooks started struggling once the police officers tried to handcuff him. Brooks freed himself from the clutch of the officers and even grabbed the Taser of the officers. He started running and video footage shows that he also fired Taser at the officer. Garrett Rolfe shot at Rayshard Brooks. He was later taken to the hospital, where he died because of the gunshots. While police officer Garrett Rolfe has been fired by the Atlanta Police Department, the second officer named Devin Brosnan has been placed on administrative leave for their involvement in the death of Rayshard Brooks. The announcement came after protests became violent and the protesters burned down Wendy’s restaurant and blocked a freeway.