The University Avenue Wendy’s went up in flames during a protest over the death of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot fleeing from police. Wendy’s became a target of Black Lives Matter protesters because it is the location where Brooks lost his life. The investigation into what happened when two police officers were called to check on Brooks is ongoing.
The franchise was minority-owned and employed many people from the local Black community in Atlanta.
There has been an investigation into who started the fire at Wendy’s, and the Atlanta Fire Rescue just announced a suspect:
Atlanta Fire Chief Randall Slaughter spoke about the investigation:
“Solving this arson crime has become a top priority for me. The setting of fires is a distraction from the message that the demonstrators and protesters are trying to put forward.”
Fire investigators have issued a warrant for the arrest of Natalie White, but there are more suspects involved in the arson:
An arrest warrant has been issued by Atlanta Fire Investigators for Ms. Natalie White. She has been identified as a suspect in the arson fire that burned down the Wendy’s Restaurant (125 University Ave) on Saturday, June 13th. Call 404-577-TIPS or 1-800-282-5804 with any info. pic.twitter.com/Xu6W2hgOi6
— Atlanta Fire Rescue (@ATLFireRescue) June 20, 2020
The previous report on the Wendy’s fire:
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.
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 (@PrensaCamila) 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.
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