At the time where the tension with the american police force is at its maximum after the death of George Floyd, a new barb comes to tarnish the image of law enforcement in the United States. An African-American, 27-year-old died during an attempted arrest. The chief of police of Atlanta, resigned Saturday in the wake. At the same time, protests erupted in the city.
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demonstrators have blocked a highway and set fire to the fast food restaurant Wendy's close to the place where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police, reported the local media. The mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose name has been advanced as a possible colistière of the democratic party Joe Biden for the presidential election in November, announced the resignation of Erika Shields, who headed the police of Atlanta for over 20 years.
"because of his desire that Atlanta is a model of what meaningful reform should be across the country, Erika Shields has submitted her immediate resignation of chief of police," said the mayor in statements on television. The incident occurred Friday night in Atlanta, the capital of the State of Georgia.
According to an official report, Rayshard Brooks, a black man, aged 27, was asleep in his car on the driveway of the drive-in restaurant Wendy's, and employees of the establishment called the police because his vehicle was blocking the customers. The man was alcoholic, and resisted when the police wanted to arrest him, the report says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
"physical Struggle with the officers"
images from surveillance video show "that during a physical struggle with the officers, Brooks grabbed the Taser from one of the officers and fled," according to the report. "Officers pursued Brooks in the foot and during the pursuit Brooks turned around and pointed the Taser toward the officer. The officer used his weapon, hitting Brooks ", indicates the document.
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Brooks was transported to a hospital and was operated on, but died shortly after, said the report, which adds that an agent was injured. The mayor said that the officer who had carried out the fatal shooting should be removed. The latter, identified as Garrett Rolfe, has been referred to the police of Atlanta, and a second police officer has been suspended, according to ABC News.p> Updated Date: 14 June 2020, 03:33