Dashcam and bodycam footage has been released of the moments leading up to the police-involved death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, according to Fox News.
The video shows a violent struggle between Brooks — a black man — and police officers who attempted to make an arrest for drunk driving before Brooks was fatally shot during the altercation.
Bodycam video released
Brooks was killed at an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant on Friday night during an encounter with police, setting off another wave of outrage against the nation’s embattled cops.
Police video released Sunday shows Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan discovering Brooks apparently drunk and asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru lane.
According to Fox, the officers proceeded to question Brooks about his alcohol intake and to administer sobriety tests. When a breathalyzer tool found that Brooks’ blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, they attempted to initiate an arrest. “I think you’ve had too much to drink to be driving,” Rolfe can be heard saying.
But Brooks began to struggle with one of the officers before grabbing his police-issued Taser, and he then tried to make a run for it. The police bodycams became dislodged, though a patrol car dashcam captured the confrontation. “You’re going to get Tased! Stop fighting!” the cops warned Brooks, commanding him to take his “hands off the f****** Taser!”
The officers subsequently gave chase, and the encounter ended off-camera with the sound of fatal gun shots. However, surveillance video from Wendy’s appears to show Brooks firing the stun gun while running away, and moments later, he was shot. Take a look at video of the encounter below. (Editor’s note: The following video depicts graphic violence that may be disturbing to some.)
Official reactions pour in
The case has been interpreted by activists on the left and in the media as an example of police brutality against black Americans that is in no way dissimilar from the death of George Floyd, who was killed after former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.
The Wendy’s where Brooks died was set alight in apparent protest, according to the New York Post, and consequences have come swiftly for the Atlanta Police Department.
The city’s police chief, Erika Shields, resigned on Saturday, according to The Washington Post, and Officer Rolfe, who fired the shots on Brooks, was terminated from his employment, the New York Post reported. Officer Brosnan, his partner, was placed on administrative duty, according to ABC 11.
According to Fox News, the Fulton County district attorney is considering criminal charges against the officers, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has forcefully denounced the killing and ordered reforms in the areas of de-escalation tactics of use-of-force standards, according to NPR.
On Monday, President Trump weighed in on the matter, stating that the incident was “very disturbing,” as Fox News noted.