27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot by the Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta, GA after he resisted arrest, grabbed a police taser, ran off, and turned back and pointed the taser at the pursuing officer. Police officers were called to Wendy’s when it was discovered that Rayshard Brooks was passed out in his vehicle and blocking customers from going through the drive-thru.
The second officer at the scene, Devin Bronson, was placed on administrative duty. Bronson has been with the department since 2018.
Commercial Appeal – Two Memphis men, Melvin Evans and Michael Perkins witnessed the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by police in Atlanta last week.
“I’m from Memphis,” Perkins, 35, told reporters Thursday. “We come to Atlanta to try to conquer our dreams, not witness no murders.”
Perkins said he was in the back passenger seat of Evans’ new white Trailblazer the night of Brooks’ death. They were the last car in the drive-thru line.
Yesterday, Fulton County DA Paul Howard claimed that Officer Rolfe kicked Rayshard Brooks while he was on the ground and that Officer Brosnan stood on Brooks’ shoulders while he was lying there.
Fulton County DA says Officer Rolfe kicked Rayshard Brooks while he was on the ground after shooting him and Officer Brosnan stood on Brooks' shoulders while he was lying there. The officers didn't render aid for more than two minutes after the shooting according to DA Howard. pic.twitter.com/XT6IuksfOs
— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) June 17, 2020
Fulton County DA Paul Howard charged Officer Rolfe with felony murder. Sperry points out that Howard accuses Officer Rolfe of shooting Rayshard Brooks “‘without justification’ after Brooks turned and fired a taser at Rolfe — even though the APD policy manual clearly justifies Rolfe’s use of deadly force.”
Fulton County DA charged APD Off. Rolfe with felony murder today, claiming he shot Rayshard Brooks "without justification" after Brooks turned and fired taser at Rolfe — even though the APD policy manual clearly justifies Rolfe's use of deadly force …https://t.co/4yaam3PSRn https://t.co/XF9UnAfWfC
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 18, 2020
Watch DA Howard address the media regarding a case from two weeks ago, as he explains how a “taser is considered a deadly weapon under Georgia law.”
Just listen to the Fulton County DA, Paul Howard. He called a taser a deadly weapon when Atlanta officers used it against two college students, thus charging them with aggravated assault. Now apparently it’s not, when it’s used AGAINST police officers. It’s double talk pic.twitter.com/xthrnHU3NM
— Jacob C. (@jcupapplet) June 17, 2020
Perhaps the reason Evans didn’t answer the question about seeing Rashard Brooks being kicked by the officer is that it never happened? According to a breaking report by Paul Sperry, Melvin Evans is now reportedly saying he did not see Officer Rolfe “kick” Rayshard Brooks as DA Howard claimed in his press conference yesterday
BREAKING: Black eyewitness Melvin Evans says did not see Off. Rolfe “kick” Rayshard Brooks after shot @ Atlanta Wendy’s, contradicting D.A. Howard. Rolfe’s lawyer Lance Lorusso also denied Rolfe kicked Brooks: “My client never kicked Mr. Brooks,” & no video supports D.A.’s claim
BREAKING: Black eyewitness Melvin Evans says did not see Off. Rolfe "kick" Rayshard Brooks after shot @ Atlanta Wendy's, contradicting D.A. Howard. Rolfe's lawyer Lance Lorusso also denied Rolfe kicked Brooks: "My client never kicked Mr. Brooks," & no video supports D.A.'s claim
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 18, 2020
Yesterday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the possibility of the Atlanta Police Department to walk off the job. Cuomo also asked about the speed of the charges that came down against Officer Rolfe, and if it warranted the frustration of the police officers in Atlanta? Mayor Lance Bottoms said that she doesn’t have an issue with the swiftness of the charges in light of the political climate. Lance Bottoms added that there are two other cases she wishes the elected DA would approach with the same level of attention.
The Atlanta mayor admitted to Chris Cuomo that even she was surprised by the new information she heard about the Brooks case during DA Howard’s press conference earlier in the day. When Cuomo asked about the reliability of the testimony by Atlanta DA, Mayor Lance Bottoms, asking if his decision to take swift action against Officer Rolfe is politically motivated? The Atlanta mayor simply responded by saying he’s up for re-election, suggesting that his actions are indeed, politically motivated.
When Cuomo directly asked the mayor about how she felt hearing that Rayshard Brooks was kicked after he was shot, she responded by talking about the tragedy of the case, completely ignoring his question.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says morale in her city's police department "is down ten-fold" amid reports officers are calling in sick tonight.
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) June 18, 2020