Once again the police brutality returned in the US where already the fire of protest against racism and police brutality was on the high. On Saturday, an officer in the US city of Atlanta fatally shot a black man during an arrest. The mayor informed the news adding fresh anger into protests and that the police chief in the US city of Atlanta has resigned.
The 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was killed on an interstate highway which was later blocked by the demonstrators. As per reports, Brooks fell asleep in his car at a Wendy’s fast food restaurant drive-through. Then the employees called the police complaining he was blocking other customers.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he failed a sobriety test and resisted when police tried to arrest him. According to a CCTV footage, the report said, “during a physical struggle with officers, Brooks obtained one of the officer’s Tasers and began to flee from the scene,”
“Officers pursued Brooks on foot and during the chase, Brooks turned and pointed the Taser at the officer. The officer fired his weapon, striking Brooks,” it stated. The report further says that Brooks was taken to a hospital but he couldn’t survive after a surgery.
The unrest sparked after another African American man, George Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of the city, has ordered the firing of the officer who shoot Brook. “Because of her desire that Atlanta be a model of what meaningful reform should look like across this country, Chief Shields has offered to immediately step aside as police chief,” the mayor said in televised comments.