The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released surveillance video of the shooting of Rayshard Brooks as he fled from Atlanta police. Following the release of the video, police chief Erika Shields has resigned and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Calls for the termination of the officer involved.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the deadly confrontation started with officers responding to a call that a man was sleeping in a car blocking the restaurant’s drive-thru lane. The GBI said Brooks failed a field sobriety test and resisted officers attempts to make an arrest.
GBi Director Vic Reynolds said “It appears that the gentleman has the taser in in his hand, runs a relatively short distance, and then appears to turn around and point the taser at the Atlanta officer,” Reynolds said. “That is when officer reached down and retrieved his weapon from his holster and discharges and fires at Mr. Brooks, who goes down.”
The Georgia NAACP didn’t agree and called Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the resignation of the police chief.
Shortly after the Atlanta Mayor announced the police chief’s resignation at a Saturday news conference as protesters marched outside the Wendy’s where Mr. Brooks was fatally shot. The mayor called for the immediate firing of the unidentified officer who opened fire at Brooks as he fled but didn’t mention of any charges.
She Said it was the chief’s own decision to step aside and that she would remain with the city in an undetermined role. Interim Corrections Chief Rodney Bryant would serve as interim police chief until a permanent replacement is found.
The officers involved in the shooting were not identified.