WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The woman who was photographed burning down the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police was identified as Natalie White.
- The 29-year-old was believed to be Brooks’ girlfriend.
- Before Brooks was fatally shot, he told the cops that a woman named Natalie White was his girlfriend.
The woman who is wanted for helping torch the Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by cops may have had a romantic relationship with him, according to reports.
Natalie White was identified as the woman photographed in the arson at the fast-food eatery on University Avenue on June 13 amid protests over Brooks’ death, according to CNN.
When Brooks was confronted by two cops, he could be heard on body camera footage telling the police officers that his girlfriend’s name was Natalie White. He was fatally shot after he resisted arrest and fled in the police encounter in the restaurant parking lot.
Atlanta Fire and the attorney for Brooks’ family didn’t respond to requests for comment when asked if White is the same woman who helped in the arson, news station 11Alive reported.
According to CNN, investigators are working with the idea that the arsonist may have a connection with Brooks.
Law enforcement said the fire was started by “multiple suspects” who ignited it using aerosol cans and lighters.
Protesters that night lit several fireworks and threw trash inside Wendy’s before it set ablaze, according to authorities
Video footage from that night showed a woman who looks like White appearing to attempt to light the restaurant on fire after it had been vandalized.
Tomika Miller, Brooks’ widow, has been giving interviews after the shooting. She told NBC’s Today on Thursday that while she was relieved that the officers had been charged, it also didn’t change the fact that nothing would bring her husband back.
“I’m glad about the charges but I want to see them go through,” Miller said. “No matter how many charges they face, it’s not going to bring him back.”
Source: New York Post