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".
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.
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.
- Jon Comeaux (@jon_como) June 13, 2020
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.
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.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- Since the end of May, fierce protests have raged in the United States over the killing of an African American by the police. On May 27, George Floyd, an African American from Minneapolis, died after a city police officer strangled him with a knee. Officer Derek Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; three other officers also lost their jobs. Protests and riots subsequently eruptedand in Minneapolis and across the country. As a result of all police officers involved in the death of George Floyd arrested. They face up to 40 years in prison.
- May 31 truck drove into a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis (Minnesota). At the wheel of a car was a citizen of the United States, presumably of Ukrainian origin, Bogdan Vechirko. He was arrested, but on June 2 released from custody awaiting further investigation. Eventually no charges were brought against him.
- About 40 cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, and Philadelphia, banned street demonstrations for several days after dark. Texas and Virginia Governors introduced a state of emergency.
- In connection with protests in US cities embassies of Ukraine and Russia asked their citizenslocated in the United States, maintain order and avoid crowds wherever possible and comply with security measures.
- June 1, Donald Trump enacted the law of 1807, allowing him send armed forces to shocked states in connection with the death of George Floyd.
- According to the official autopsy of George Floyd, his death was caused by mechanical asphyxia and should be considered violent.
- As of 4 June victims of mass protests in the United States, at least 11 people have become.
- More 10 people were arrested during protestscondemning racism and police brutality over the death of George Floyd.
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