Protesters flooded streets of southeast Atlanta Saturday night, angry over the deadly police-involved shooting of a black man at a fast-food restaurant the night before. The protesters surrounded the Wendy’s where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and then made their way to nearby Interstate 75/85, bringing the major thoroughfare to a standstill.The Wendy’s where Brooks lost his life was in flames Saturday night, and a crowd also set fire to automobiles near the fast-food restaurant. Earlier in the day, police used tear gas and a flash bang to try to clear the crowd there.The chaos came after Atlanta’s police chief stepped down and the mayor called for the officer who shot Brooks to be fired.
Brooks was shot in the Wendy’s parking lot Friday night after he scuffled with officers and ran away with one of their stun guns, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The incident began with a call to police at 10:33 p.m. Friday about a man sleeping in a parked vehicle in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane, causing other customers to drive around it, the GBI said in a statement.Police gave Brooks a field sobriety test, which he failed, the GBI said. He resisted arrest and struggled with officers, the GBI said.GBI Director Vic Reynolds said Saturday that his department obtained surveillance video of the incident from Wendy’s and reviewed video that witnesses posted on social media.
The video from the eyewitness begins in the middle of the struggle between Brooks and two police officers. In the video, an officer is heard telling Brooks to “stop fighting” and “hands off the taser.” The eyewitness told CNN that by the time they arrived on the scene, Brooks’ car was parked in a parking spot.”The fight started when they tried to make an arrest … after that he took a taser and took off,” the witness said.As the scuffle broke up, the video shows Brooks beginning to run from the officers and he is seen holding what appears to be a stun gun in his right hand. It appears one of the officers fires their stun gun at Brooks three times as he runs away.Witnesses told GBI investigators that Brooks had one of the officer’s stun guns.Shortly after Brooks and one of the officers run by the car of the eyewitness taking the video, a second officer runs by, following Brooks.Three shots are then heard out of frame.
Georgia police on Thursday arrested a white father and son and charged them with murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man whose death in February had recently attracted widespread outrage.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that both men had been taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault in addition to murder. Travis McMichael fired the shot that killed Mr. Arbery, the state police agency said in a statement.
In recent days, details surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Arbery’s death on Feb. 23 — and the fact that no one had been arrested — prompted a wave of outrage and concern from figures as diverse as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the basketball star LeBron James and Russell Moore, a prominent leader of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Those sentiments surged on Tuesday with the release of a graphic video that showed a black man, apparently Mr. Arbery, running toward a truck, engaging in a struggle with a man holding a shotgun, and then falling to the ground after three shotgun blasts went off.
The Georgia authorities, in a news release, stated that it was Travis McMichael who shot and killed Mr. Arbery.
Update to shooting at Atascocita HS football field: Jaqwaun Pradia was taken into custody this morning by @HCSOTexas Homicide Investigators. He has been charged with murder in the shooting of Eric Willis. #HouNews
According to investigators 19 year old Jaqwaun Pradia has been charged with the murder of 19 yea old Eric Willis.
Officials say about 20 to 30 young men were out playing on the football field at Atascocita high when there was an argument and then a fight broke out between Pradia and Willis.
Willis and Pradia are two former students in the district and have a history.
Deputies said Pradia showed up at the field armed with a pistol. He chased Willis down and shot him multiple times.