Policeman shot dead African American in Atlanta: New wave of protests began in city

Source : 112 Ukraine

After that, local police chief Erica Shields resigned
14:00, 14 June 2020


In the city of Atlanta, Georgia, a conflict between a 27-year-old black man named Reichard Brooks and the police erupted, it ended with the shooting and death of the young man, as the CNN reports.

As it became known, the police were called by the restaurant employees who complained that the driver of one of the cars in the queue fell asleep and blocked the traffic to the order window. According to the police, the 27-year-old man was drunk and resisted while trying to detain him.

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The video that the witnesses filmed shows Brooks fighting two law enforcement officers, grabbing a stun gun from one of them, and running into a restaurant. According to another video, already shot on a policeman’s video recorder, Brooks is aiming at him from a stun gun and a law enforcement officer shoots a man.

An African American was hospitalized, but doctors could not save him, and the man died. The official investigation of the incident is still ongoing, it is being investigated by investigators from the state of Georgia. Two police officers who took part in Brooks's detention were fired.

Later, a protest rally against racism and in memory of George Floyd, who was killed earlier in Minneapolis, which took place in the city, escalated into riots, and demonstrators set fire to a fast food restaurant, next to which a policeman shot at Brooks. Law enforcers used tear gas. Several dozen protesters stood on the roadway, and firefighters for a long time could not drive up to the burning building to extinguish it.

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After this incident, Atlanta Police Chief Erica Shields resigned. The resignation was announced by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. According to her, Erica Shields filed for her a letter of resignation.

As we reported before, the vast majority of voters in the U.S. believes that the situation in the country has gotten out of control, and former US Vice President Joe Biden is the one who can fix it.

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