After Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed in Atlanta, hundreds blocked a major interstate, a fast-food restaurant was set ablaze and authorities responded with tear gas.
Less than 24 hours after his Brooks death, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced she was stepping down.
“I have faith in the mayor, and it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
Protesters started gathering after Brooks was shot. Larger crowds began congregating in the area surrounding the Wendy’s where the shooting took place. By nightfall, Wendy’s was engulfed in flames and it took firefighters more than an hour to approach the building as it was surrounded by protesters.
At least 36 people were arrested.
A police spokesman said the officer who killed Brooks, Garrett Rolfe was fired and a second officer involved in the killing, Devin Bronsan was placed on administrative duty.
Cornell William Brooks, the former president of the NAACP,
“This situation is tragically classic.
So we’ve reached this point where the people have simply experienced too much.”
And according to CNN, protists continue across the country.
- In New Orleans, protesters Saturday tore down a statue of merchant and slave owner John McDonogh, dumping it into the Mississippi River.
- In Seattle, where protesters took over what they dubbed as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone near a vacated police precinct, crowds remained into the evening, CNN affiliate KOMO news reported.
- In Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city, dozens of volunteers painted a Black Lives Matter mural in front of the statehouse.
“Legislators, senators, that come into the statehouse, it’s a reminder that we need to make Vermont a more equitable place for everyone,” organizer Noel Riby-Williams told CNN affiliate WPTZ.
Protester Marquavian Odom said,
“I was very disturbed with what happened.
This is something that keeps happening over and over again. We’ve been protesting about George Floyd and I thought there was going to be a change, but there wasn’t a change, it was still the same old thing.
I thought the message was clear, but obviously we’re still not heard.”
A unarmed black man was asleep in a car, threatening nobody. He resisted arrest & ran for his life. Atlanta Police pursued him as he ran away so he turned the taser he had taken from them on them. They shot him. He’s dead. The call was for a man asleep in a car. #rayshardbrooks— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) June 14, 2020