Lest We Forget

Rayshard Brooks1993-2020

On June 12, 2020, officers from the Georgia Police Department were called to a Wendy's drive-through where the driver in one of the cars in line had fallen asleep. The man was 27-year-old African-American Rayshard Brooks.

From the Georgia Bureau of Invstigation's report:

"A field sobriety test was performed on the male subject. After failing the test, the officers attempted to place the male subject into custody. During the arrest, the male subject resisted and a struggle ensued. 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."

In a witness' video of the incident it can be seen that Rayshard Brooks was carrying the Taser and pointing it behind him as he was running away from the policemen. The taser in Brooks' hand also posed no danger as it had already been fired twice by on of the officers. Yet officer Garrett Rolfe used deadly force on a man who was running away from him. Neither of the two officers provided medical aid to Rayshard Brooks for almost two minutes after the fatal shots were fired. He died later in a hospital.

Atlanta police chief Erika Shields resigned within 24 hours of the incident. Officer Rolfe, was fired and was later charged with felony murder and five other charges of aggravated assault. The medical examiner ruled Rayshard Brooks' killing a homicide.

Rayshard Brooks was 27 years old and the father of a little girl.