Atlanta Police Shot Rayshard Brooks Twice In His Back, Death Ruled “Homicide”

Megan Everts

The death of Rayshard Brooks after being shot by the police in a Wendy's parking lot has been ruled a homicide.

“Authorities in Georgia ruled Sunday that the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside an Atlanta Wendy's was a homicide,” reported NBC News.

  • Brooks was shot twice in the back on Friday after a confrontation with two police officers in the parking lot of the Wendy’s.
  • The officers were first called to the parking lot due to a report of “a man sleeping in his car in the drive-through.”
  • After administering a field sobriety test, the officers tried to arrest Brooks, and “surveillance video appears to show Brooks running away from the officers with a stun gun that he'd taken from one of them.”
  • Brooks “appeared to turn around and point the weapon at police,” and then an officer shot him.
  • L. Chris Stewart, an attorney for Brooks' family, “said Brooks shouldn't have faced deadly force because he appeared to have a stun gun.”

"Of extreme concern in the murder of Rayshard Brooks is the fact that he was shot in the back multiple times while fleeing," Stewart and law partner Justin Miller said in a statement Saturday.

  • “Neither officer has been charged with a crime,” but the officer who shot Brooks was fired, a second officer was placed on administrative duty, and the Atlanta Police Chief resigned.

The shooting of Brooks has reignited the anger felt in Atlanta after the death of George Floyd in police custody, according to the Detroit News.

  • For example, “the Wendy’s restaurant where Brooks was shot was burned down over the weekend.”
  • Additionally, “the NAACP planned a demonstration Monday outside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta.”
  • Democratic lawmakers hope to implement criminal justice reforms by “creating stiffer sentences for hate crimes, abolishing the state’s citizen’s arrest law, ending no-knock warrants and letting people sue police officers for misconduct.”

“With only 11 working days left in a session disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak,” however, there may not be enough time to make a variety of legislative changes in Georgia.

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