(Reuters) – Atlanta’s police chief resigned on Saturday, the town’s mayor stated, as protesters took to the streets hours after the deadly capturing by police of a black man who had fallen asleep in his automobile at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant drive-thru line.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms stated she accepted the resignation of police chief Erika Shields after the killing of Rayshard Brooks, 27, of Atlanta. Dozens of protesters gathered by late afternoon across the spot south of downtown the place the man was shot and killed.
“I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer,” Bottoms stated at a information convention.
Atlanta’s police didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Authorities haven’t but launched the names of the 2 officers concerned within the capturing, each of whom have been white.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) stated it was investigating the incident. Police stated Brooks resisted arrest after failing a subject sobriety check.
Protests started Saturday afternoon and have been anticipated to proceed via the day.
The killing of Brooks got here after weeks of intense racial equality protests throughout the United States following the loss of life of George Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis police custody when an officer kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes.
The Georgia investigators stated video taken by an eyewitness was aiding their probe.
GBI director Vic Reynolds stated throughout a information convention that video captured by cameras contained in the Wendy’s restaurant appeared to indicate that Brooks had one of the officer’s Tasers in his hand when he fled.
“At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down,” Reynolds stated.
In the eyewitness video, Brooks is first seen on the bottom exterior his automobile, fighting two officers.
He seems to seize for the Taser of one officer, who was utilizing the system on Brooks’ leg. After a couple of seconds, Brooks breaks free and begins to run. One officer then makes use of a Taser on him. The pair then run out of the body of the video.
Gun photographs are heard together with somebody yelling “I got him!” The video then exhibits Brooks apparently lifeless on the bottom.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr., stated in an emailed assertion that his workplace “has already launched an intense, independent investigation of the incident” whereas it awaits the findings of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Reporting by Brad Brooks in Austin, Texas; Editing by David Gregorio