The death of Rayshard Brooks at the hands of a white police officer in Atlanta had far-reaching effects on the city. Brooks’ death this week not only sparked protests, but also prompted the sudden resignation of Atlanta Police Commissioner Erika Shields.
The officer who shot Brooks, identified by police as Garrett Rolfe, has been fired and another officer involved in the confrontation, Devin Brosnan, has been placed on administrative leave. CNN has contacted officials and police for comment.
“There’s a clear gap between what you can do and what you should be doing,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference Saturday. “I don’t think it was a justified use of deadly force.
But several videos that captured Brooks’ final moments in the Wendy’s parking lot Friday night shed at least some light on how the 27-year-old father was killed.
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Here are the videos – captured by security cameras, police cameras, dash cams and bystanders
The beginning of the incident can be seen on footage from a body camera worn by Brosnan.
The footage shows an officer arriving at the scene and pulling Brooks’ car into the driveway.
According to the time stamp on the camera, it was only 10:40 in the evening. ET on Friday. Brooks was apparently asleep at the wheel and Brosnan knocked on the window to wake him up.
The officer opened the door and said to Brooks, “Hey man, you parked right here in the middle of the driveway.” At first, Brooks appeared unresponsive. When he awoke, Brooks appeared lethargic and unwell.
Brosnan asked if he was tired and then told Brooks to pull into the parking lot. Brooks eventually started the car after the officer pushed him again, which had to wake Brooks up a second time.
Brosnan approached Brooks’ parked car and asked him if he had been drinking.
Brooks told the officer he only had one drink. While Brooks was looking for his ID, Brosnan made several radio calls asking another officer to take a breath test.
Once Brooks Brosnan said he tried it. “Who are you visiting?” asked the officer. “My mother’s grave,” Brooks said. “Oh, sorry,” Brosnan said. Shooting Only one camera, a surveillance camera outside Wendy’s, caught what no one else did: the moment the encounter ended fatally.
In surveillance video released by the GBI, much of Brook’s encounter with police is blurred. But when Brooks ran away from the officers, he saw the camera and Rolf.
Both had tasers on. As he chased after Brooks, Rolfe saw him switch the Taser from his right hand to his left and grab the gun. At that moment, Brooks turned and appeared to aim the taser at Rolf, who drew his gun and fired.
Brooks dropped the photos on the floor. While a security camera recorded the moment Brooks fell, no sound was heard. But all the other cameras captured the sound of three shots.