Officer Fired, Police Chief Steps Down, Wendy’s Set Ablaze After Atlanta Shooting

Atlanta, Georgia: Police were called to a Wendy’s fast food restaurant because Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year old black man, had fallen asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru, and resisted police officers in a struggle that led to him grabbing a Taser from one of the cops, running away, and turning the weapon on police. Then he was shot and died on the way to the hospital. Protesters decried the killing of the man, who they characterized as “unarmed”, closed down a highway, and burned down the Wendy’s. The fire department did not respond immediately due to unsafe condition. Police chief Erika Shields resigned following weeks of protest. Rioters at Wendy’s attacked a CNN film crew. The police officer involved in the incident was fired, and the local district attorney plans to file charges against him. -GEG

Atlanta PD officer Garrett Rolfe has been fired following the deadly Friday night shooting of Rayshard Brooks, while another officer, Devin Bronsan, has been placed on administrative leave, according to 11 Alive – citing an Atlanta Police spokesman just after midnight on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields will be stepping down following the incident.

Brooks, who had fallen asleep at the wheel at a Wendy’s drive-thru, was shot by an officer after he grabbed one of their Tasers and pointed it at them as he was running away. He died later that evening at Grady Memorial Hospital.

In response to the shooting, protesters set the Wendy’s on fire.

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