Atlanta’s mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the resignation of the city’s police chief after demonstrations protesting the killing of a black youth by police fire after he slept in his car while she was queuing at a fast food restaurant, and dozens of protesters gathered at the shooting site south of downtown.
Butems said she accepted the resignation of police chief Erica Shields after the murder of Richard Brooks, 27. “I do not believe that the use of lethal force was justified and demanded the immediate dismissal of the officer. The officer who fired the shot was fired from his work,” she told a news conference.
The authorities have not yet revealed the names of the two officers involved in the shooting, both of whom are white.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it was investigating the incident. Police said Brooks resisted arrest after failing a field test that revealed whether he was drunk or drug users.
Brooks’ death came after weeks of mass anti-racist protests across the United States after the death of African-American George Floyd, after a policeman perched on his neck for nearly nine minutes during his arrest.
Georgia investigators said the video, taken by an eyewitness, was helping them to investigate.
For his part, FBI Director Vic Reynolds said during a press conference that “a video of cameras inside the restaurant appears to show Brooks fleeing and holding his hand with the officer’s stun gun. “Brooks ran to cross almost six cars and turned his back towards an officer and directed what was in his hand.” He added, “At this point, the officer removed the pistol from his wallet, fired bullets, and hit Mr. Brooks in the parking garage and fell.
The recording, posted on Brooks’ social media, appears outside the car, as he fights two policemen. Prennewolds said the brawl started when the two police tried to arrest Brooks.
Paul Howard, the District Attorney of Fulton County, said in a statement, that his office “has already begun an extensive and independent investigation into the accident” while awaiting the FBI’s findings.