WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Natalie White, who was identified as Rayshard Brooks’ girlfriend, has been charged with first-degree arson following the torching of the Atlanta Wendy’s where Brooks was fatally shot by police.
- White was ordered held on a $10,000 bond.
- Her lawyer claimed that “she did not burn the building down” and that her family “doesn’t have funds to make any bond.”
Natalie White, who has been identified as Rayshard Brooks’ girlfriend, has been accused of the June 13 torching of the Atlanta Wendy’s fast-food restaurant where Brooks was fatally shot by police the previous day.
After making her first court appearance on Wednesday, White was charged with first-degree arson and ordered held on a $10,000 bond.
Fulton County Magistrate Judge Todd Ashley added that White will have to wear an ankle bracelet and must stay off social media in the event that she is released.
White’s lawyer, Drew Findling, had requested her release without bail in the absence of a prior criminal record, but Judge Ashley denied the request.
Findling argued that White’s family “doesn’t have funds to make any bond.”
Ashley declared, “Let’s look at the danger to the community. So if someone is alleged to have set fire to a building with other people around, whether or not the building was occupied or not occupied, that would represent a danger to firefighters if they were able to get to the scene.”
“That Wendy’s is right next to a gas station. That’s a volatile combination,” Ashley pointed out.
White has been accused of “setting fire to the structure by using a torch made of a lighter and some type of can.”
White was initially asked to be held on a $20,000 bond by Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Quintin Lewis.
Brooks, 27, was questioned by police on June 12 outside the fast-food eatery under suspected DUI. After failing a field sobriety test, he wrestled with the cops when they attempted to arrest him. He then ran off with one of their Tasers and was shot twice in the back.
Police bodycam footage, as well as White’s lawyer, confirmed that Brooks referred to White as his “girlfriend” during the incident.
Findling argued in court that the prosecutors’ claim that White lit the fire was “just a false narrative.”
“She did not burn the building down. She did not set the building on fire,” Findling declared.
Source: New York Post