Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down today after the killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks by the Atlanta police last night. 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 have 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