The widow of a black man shot useless by a white police officer in Atlanta has urged protesters to stay peaceable, saying: “We need to preserve his title optimistic and proper.”
Rayshard Brooks’ household advised a information convention that he “had the brightest smile and the largest coronary heart”, along with his niece telling reporters they had been “traumatised” by what had occurred.
The 27-year-old was killed following a confrontation with officers exterior a quick meals restaurant within the metropolis on Friday night time.
His niece urged People “to face with us” as they sought justice for Mr Brooks – including that “he didn’t die in useless”.
The Fulton County medical expert’s workplace has declared his killing a murder brought on by gunshot wounds to the again.
Mr Brooks’ dying reignited protests in Atlanta after weeks of worldwide demonstrations towards racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on 25 Could.
The lawyer representing Mr Brooks’ household has questioned why he was not allowed to stroll dwelling after being spoken to by police following a report that somebody had fallen asleep in a automobile at a Wendy’s drive-thru lane.
Two officers talked to him and when one officer went to arrest him, Mr Brooks struggled with the pair.
He then broke free and ran throughout a carpark with what gave the impression to be a police Taser in his hand, footage confirmed.
A video from the restaurant’s cameras confirmed Mr Brooks turning as he ran – and presumably aimed the Taser on the pursuing officers earlier than one in every of them fired their gun and Mr Brooks fell to the bottom.
He died in hospital.
The officer suspected of killing Mr Brooks has been sacked, and the opposite officer, additionally white, was placed on administrative go away.