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`Stop fighting!′ Atlanta sobriety test quickly turned deadly

Atlanta Police Shooting
Posted at 7:39 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 19:39:43-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Police video from the fatal shooting of a black man after a failed sobriety check in Atlanta shows a largely peaceful encounter that lasts 40 minutes before spiraling into violence.

Rayshard Brooks was shot by officers outside a Wendy’s restaurant where he was found sleeping in a car blocking the drive-thru lane.

Atlanta police said Sunday the department fired Officer Garrett Rolfe and has taken Officer Devin Brosnan off patrol duty.

Body camera footage shows Brooks cooperating and telling officers they’re just doing their job. But when they try to handcuff him, Brooks tries to run.

They wrestle on the ground and Brooks grabs a Taser before attempting to flee. Three gunshots soon follow. Rolfe said afterward Brooks fired the Taser at him.

Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic lawmaker who gained national prominence with her 2018 bid for Georgia governor, said “there’s a legitimacy to this outrage” over Brooks’ death.