Richard Brooks, a black teenager killed by a white police officer in Atlanta, died after being shot in the back, the coroner’s office in Fulton County, Georgia, said.
Brooks’ death sparked protests again in Atlanta after days of demonstrations around the world condemning racism and police brutality after the death of black American George Floyd while in custody in the US city of Minneapolis on May 25.
An investigator in the pathologist’s office said in a statement that the anatomy of Brooks (27 years old) who was performed showed that he died as a result of blood loss and organ wounds as a result of two live bullets and the statement indicated that the cause of death was murder
The standoff between Brooks and the police took place after an Atlanta restaurant employee contacted the authorities to report a person who had fallen asleep in his car parked in a queue to receive requests.
The confrontation was cordial at its start, according to the camera attached to the officer’s clothes and another surveillance camera, as the young man accepted to undergo a drug and alcohol test and talked about his child’s birthday.
But a video by a passer-by showed Brooks resistance to an officer who tried to arrest him and another on-site officer before he could break them off and run in the parking lot with what appeared to be a stun gun that he extracted from one of them.
Other footage filmed by the restaurant’s cameras showed Brooks turning his head and running, probably directing the pistol, toward the two officers chasing him before one of them shot him from his pistol to drop the young man to the ground
City Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that she had accepted the immediate resignation of Atlanta police chief Erika Shields after Brooks’ death