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In Atlanta, cops killed African-American during arrest: protests flare up with renewed vigor

On June 12, in Atlanta, Georgia, a policeman shot dead 27-year-old African American Reichard Brooks. A man was sleeping in a car near the Wendyʼs restaurant. Local residents called the police because his car prevented other cars from approaching the restaurant. After the arrival of law enforcers, the situation escalated, writes “Medusa".

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Arriving at the scene, two police officers tested for alcohol and found that Brooks was drunk. They tried to detain the man, but began to resist.

The police decided to use a stun gun, but Brooks grabbed it and started to run away. The cops ran after him. During the chase, Brooks aimed a stun gun at one of the police officers. In response, he shot.

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After some time, Brooks died in the hospital from injuries. One of the policemen was also injured; he was given medical assistance.

One of the eyewitnesses filmed what was happening on video.

The incident sparked a new wave of protests in Atlanta. Protesters blocked a major highway in the city center, stopping traffic on it for 45 minutes. During the protests, they also set fire to the Wendyʼs restaurant, near which the incident occurred. When dispersing protesters, police used tear gas and stun grenades, 36 people were detained.

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Brooks family lawyer Chris Stewart said the deceased was the father of four children and was killed after celebrating his daughter's birthday. The lawyer also noted that in Georgia, the stun gun is not considered a deadly weapon, and called for the prosecution of the policeman who shot the man charges of "unjustified use of force with death, which amounts to murder."

The Georgia State Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into the incident. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she believes a police officer improperly used firearms to detain Brooks. The policeman was fired. His partner, who participated in the detention, was suspended from operational work. Atlanta Police Chief Erica Shields resigned.

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