A new case of police abuse shocks the United States. In Atlanta, uniformed men shot and killed a young African American man detained after testing positive for a breathalyzer. The violent and tragic episode was recorded in a video, in which at least three shots are heard.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it was asked by the Atlanta Police to investigate the incident, which occurred at a food court amid the commotion in the country and the world of the crime of George Floyd at the hands of police last month.
Videos broadcast on social media and in the US media show the moment in which the young man struggles with two policemen on the floor and runs away with a Taser pistol that snatches them. Afterward, the officers launch to chase him and fire three shots at him.
In the subsequent images, the young man is seen lying on the floor about 50 meters from the place where the video was recorded. The victim was identified as Rayshard Brooks. He was 27 years old and from Atlanta.
Another filming shows the moment the victim was put in an ambulance. There are also images of a group of people, mostly African-Americans, protesting against the police after the crime from behind a yellow band that had cordoned off the area.
What if the people in the drive thru woke #RayshardBrooks up, got him some water, moved his car, and called him a ride? No cops needed. Rayshard should be alive. We don’t need to invest in policing, we need to invest in health and community #AtlantaShooting pic.twitter.com/Qvjxshymaz
— wrapstar😮💨 (@dominicficus) June 13, 2020
Police said they arrived at the scene, a local fast-food chain “Wendy’s”, after receiving a complaint that a man had fallen asleep in the car while waiting in line to shop at the window without getting out of the vehicle.
People, however, could go to the window and buy food but had to avoid the car by the side, according to witnesses.
After he tested positive for a breathalyzer, the two policemen tried to stop the young man, but he resisted and began a struggle. One of the officers pulled out a Taser pistol that witnesses said the victim snatched.
“The suspect was reportedly shot by an officer in the Taser fight,” the GBI said in a statement quoted by CNN.
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The victim was transferred to a local hospital, where he died after surgery, according to the report.
At the moment, none of the police officers involved was identified. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be referred to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
The murder promises to generate even more tension in the United States, after the Floyd crime at the hands of a white police officer who jabbed his knee in the neck for several minutes until he was killed on May 25 in the city of Minneapolis.
The event unleashed some of the largest racial unrest in the country in half a century, with protests in dozens of cities that included looting, arson, and fighting, as well as anti-racism marches in many other countries.