WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rayshard Brooks’ widow breaks down as she imagines how she is going to tell explain to their four children that the police shot and killed their father.
- Medical Examiner’s office put homicide as the cause of death and law enforcement experts consider police response unjustified.
- Atlanta Police Department fires police officer responsible for the shooting that prompted unrest and new waves of protests in the city.
Tomika Miller addressed the public after police officer shot and killed her husband on Friday. Medical examiners put homicide as the cause of death. The widow said that she could not bear to see the videos of the “murder” of her husband.
“I’m already in enough pain right now so to see anything of my husband being shot down … I couldn’t see that. I can’t stomach that right now,” Miller said.
Brooks and Miller are parents to four young children. She is dreading her husband’s funeral more because of the explanation that she would have to tell their children, especially her daughter who just turned eight on the day her father died.
“Then I have to relive it all over again,” Miller said. “And I have to explain to her what death is and how we gotta keep going and we gotta be brave for your father.”
On Friday night, Atlanta Police Department received a report of a man sleeping in his car in the Wendy’s drive-through and dispatched police officers on the scene. Brooks was shot and killed at the fast-food restaurant after a commotion with responding police officers.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide after releasing the autopsy report that indicates that the victim was shot twice in the back. Two law enforcement experts concluded that the shooting was not justified.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds said that the surveillance video now in evidence show that the victim tried to evade arrest. Brooks grabbed a stun gun from one of the arresting officers after they administered a field sobriety test and tried to take him into custody.
He said that at one point during his escape, the victim appeared to turn around and point the weapon at police, Reynolds said.
“At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot, and he goes down.”
Atlanta Police Department announced that Officer Garrett Rolfe, the police officer who shot and killed Brooks, was removed from his position. Officer Devin Brosnan, another police officer at the scene, was placed on administrative duty.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields turned in her resignation after the incident.
She said that “it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
The shooting of another black man prompted unrest and new waves of protests in the city. Protesters on Saturday set fire to the Wendy’s restaurant where the incident took place.