Overnight, the location of the death by Atlanta police of Rayshard Brooks was torched by protesters. The interstate was also shut down when a line of protesters filled the highway (see below).
A southwest Atlanta Wendy’s went up in flames, assuring the loss of jobs and the loss of a business by a franchisee. It’s difficult to understand how burning a business to the ground accomplishes anything.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. One police officer was fired, and another is suspended.
BREAKING: The Wendy's in Atlanta on University Avenue is engulfed in flames. THIS IS NOT GOOD.
Burning shit down is not the answer. pic.twitter.com/twdSbpzELH
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 14, 2020
Atlanta: Wendy's on University Ave. on fire as protests have taken over the interstate in response to the killing of Rayshard Brooks by police on Friday.
Police chief Erika Shields has reportedly resigned following weeks of protest. Video: CBS affiliate pic.twitter.com/6d9OthFBrQ
— Camila (@camilateleSUR) June 14, 2020
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down after the killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks by the Atlanta police. Brooks was fatally shot by officers in a struggle.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer.”
This sparked a new wave of protests in Atlanta after turbulent demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis had simmered down.
Protesters completely blocked off the connector in Atlanta tonight. Both I-75 and I-85 are shut down.
Video below shows a line of people stretching across the highway:
Oh my God protesters in Atlanta have COMPLETELY shut down I-75 right now in response to the murder of #RayshardBrooks
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 14, 2020
Here we go again with the riots and looting:
Fires broke out at the Wendy’s restaurant where the shooting incident involving Atlanta police and Rayshard Brooks happened Friday night. The BP gas station next door is being looted.
— Zev Marr (@ZevMarrReports) June 14, 2020
Wendy’s up in flames:
— Ric Garni (@RICGARNI) June 14, 2020
HAPPENING NOW: 40 Minutes since fires have been set in and around Wendy's and streets blocked as protestors celebrate, no police response has been seen in Atlanta pic.twitter.com/OR8Y4YS0mL
— CryptøManiac101 🅐 (@_Crypto_Maniac_) June 14, 2020