Rayshard Brooks Wiki – Rayshard Brooks Biography
Rayshard Brooks was a Black man who was identified as the person shot and killed by Atlanta police after an encounter with two officers that took place around 10:30 p.m. June 12.
He was supposedly sleeping at a Wendy’s drive-thru when someone called the police to complain, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI). When police arrived, there was a struggle which ended with Brooks dead.
Rayshard Brooks Age
He was 27 years old.
Rayshard Brooks Death, Shot Dead
Rayshard Brooks had been asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru, causing other customers to drive around the car, the Bureau of Investigation said. Police were dispatched to the Wendy’s around 10:30 p.m., and conducted a sobriety test on Brooks, who failed the test, according to the officials.
According to a 35-second video tweeted by Eric Wassserman, there is footage of Brooks’ encounter with police, and it starts out showing Brooks and the officers struggling on the ground.
#BREAKING Large crowd gathering outside a Wendy’s in #Atlanta following an officer involved shooting. Police allegedly fatally shot an unarmed black man in the parking lot around 11:30pm. So far, they have only confirmed an officer-involved shooting. Few details. #AtlantaProtests pic.twitter.com/HHgi899Kj2
— Eric Wasserman 🦆 “WASS” (@EricWasserman1) June 13, 2020
“During the arrest, the male subject resisted and a struggle ensued,” the Bureau of Investigation said. “The officer deployed a Taser. Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser. It has also been reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser.”
One officer was treated for an injury and discharged. Brooks later died in the hospital after surgery.
In the video, Brooks appears to be stiffening his left arm and refusing to allow the officer in front of him to push the arm behind his back; an officer behind him appears to be holding Brooks’ torso. The scuffle on the ground ends when Brooks stands with something yellow in his right hand that appears to be a taser and one of the officers points a similar-taser-like item at Brooks.
Brooks begins running, away from the officers, past the camera and out of the frame, while the other two officers chase him. Shots are heard, but there is no video showing what took place.
Bottoms said Shields would continue in a different role “to be determined” in the police department. She also called for the termination of the police officer who shot Brooks.
Atlanta police chief stepped down
The Atlanta police chief stepped down Saturday hours following the death of a 27-year-old Black man who was shot by an officer while fleeing during a struggle at a Wendy’s drive-thru late Friday night, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Police Chief Erika Shields is immediately stepping down, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced in a news conference Saturday afternoon. The officer involved in the shooting would be terminated, Lance Bottoms said.
Unarmed #Black man shot by #Atlanta #Georgia Police Friday night. Witnesses say they don’t know how the police got involved because the man wasn’t doing anything. #BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace #AtlantaProtests pic.twitter.com/biRb4NLIYy
— Gerald Jackson (@GeraldJBlessed) June 13, 2020
Rayshard Brooks Children
According to his Facebook page, Brooks was married, attended Forest Park Street High School and at one point, had an internship with the Atlanta Falcons.
Rayshard Brooks Sister, GoFundMe Page
A woman who identified herself as Brooks’ sister has since created a GoFundMe page for his funeral.
“My brother was killed by Atlanta Police Department last night,” she wrote. “He has a child, my niece and no money to the side for her or his funeral. We just need a little support with this surprising situation. Please.”