Dozens arrested in Atlanta after police shot and torched a man at Wendy’s
At least 36 people have been arrested in Atlanta, reports the Atlanta police spokesman. Police fired tear gas at protesters and closed an interstate as Wendy’s, where an Atlanta police officer shot a black man.
One of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks was fired and another was transferred to the administration. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields made a statement in which she said she resigned from her role out of “a deep and abiding love for this city and this department.
Earlier, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that this was Shields’ decision and that she would remain with the city in an undetermined capacity.
Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot dead by Atlanta police on Friday night while driving through a Wendy’s.
Brooks’ fatal shooting occurred some three weeks after the death of George Floyd sparked worldwide demonstrations denouncing police brutality and racism. Floyd died after pleading for his life while a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Since then, protests have continued in Atlanta.
Police responded to a call Friday night about a man sleeping in a parked vehicle in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane, prompting other customers to drive around the restaurant, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. When they arrived, Brooks’ police subjected him to a sobriety test he failed.
Brooks resisted arrest and fought with the officers, grabbing a Taser, the statement said. He was then shot and taken to the hospital where he died.
Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot and killed Brooks, was released on Saturday, a police spokesman said, and a second officer involved in the murder, Devin Bronsan, was transferred to the administration.