A timeline of the Rayshard Brooks case

The Wendy's on University Avenue burns after demonstrators set it on fire on June 13, 2020.  Protesters gathered at the restaurant one day Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by Atlanta police. (Photo: Ben Gray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The Wendy's on University Avenue burns after demonstrators set it on fire on June 13, 2020. Protesters gathered at the restaurant one day Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by Atlanta police. (Photo: Ben Gray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Brooks’ death had long-term consequences for the city and its leaders

June 12, 2020: After being told he was under arrest for suspected drunken driving, Rayshard Brooks struggles with two Atlanta police officers, striking one and grabbing a Taser that he pointed at another. Officer Garrett Rolfe fires three shots. Two hit Brooks. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office lists his cause of death as gunshot wounds of the back.

June 13, 2020: Erika Shields announces she is stepping aside as chief of the Atlanta Police Department, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces Rolfe has been fired. Rodney Bryant, a 31-year APD veteran, comes out of retirement to serve as interim police chief. Protesters gather outside the Wendy’s where Brooks was killed and clash with police. Some demonstrators block traffic on the nearby Downtown Connector. The Wendy’s is torched.

Rayshard Brooks talks with Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe in a Wendy's parking lot on June 12, 2020, before the confrontation turns violent and Rolfe shoots Brooks in the back, killing him. (Contributed)
Rayshard Brooks talks with Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe in a Wendy's parking lot on June 12, 2020, before the confrontation turns violent and Rolfe shoots Brooks in the back, killing him. (Contributed)

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Credit: Contributed

June 17, 2020: Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard brings 11 criminal charges, including felony murder, against Rolfe. The other officer involved in the case, Devin Brosnan, faces two lesser charges.

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June 17-20, 2020: As many as 171 Atlanta police officers stage a “blue flu” in protest.

Demonstrators gathered at University Avenue on June 13, 2020, at the site of Brooks' death and set the Wendy's on fire. Protesters also blocked the interstate in a face-off with police.  (Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Demonstrators gathered at University Avenue on June 13, 2020, at the site of Brooks' death and set the Wendy's on fire. Protesters also blocked the interstate in a face-off with police. (Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal Constitution)

July 4, 2020: Secoriea Turner, 8, is riding in a car with her mother when they encounter an unauthorized barricade near the former Wendy’s where Brooks was killed. Several people, police later say, fire into the car, killing Secoriea. Bottoms said police had been asked to hold off on clearing the area of protesters, who had lingered for days at the site.

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Aug. 4, 2020: Rolfe sues the city, claiming a lack of due process in his firing.

On June 17, 2020, Fulton DA Paul Howard announces 11 criminal charges against officer Garrett Rolfe, including felony murder. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
On June 17, 2020, Fulton DA Paul Howard announces 11 criminal charges against officer Garrett Rolfe, including felony murder. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: Hyosub Shin

Credit: Hyosub Shin

Aug. 11, 2020: In a landslide upset, Fani Willis captures 73% of the vote to defeat Paul Howard and become Fulton County’s district attorney. She takes office on Jan. 1, 2021.

Jan. 25, 2021: DA Willis requests that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr take over the cases against the two APD officers charged in the Brooks’ shooting, which originated under Howard’s leadership of the district attorney’s office. Carr refuses the request and the matter ends up in front of a Fulton County Superior Court judge.

Secoriea Turner, 8, was fatally shot on July 4, 2020, near the site of the former Wendy's, when armed men fired into her mother's car. (Contributed)
Secoriea Turner, 8, was fatally shot on July 4, 2020, near the site of the former Wendy's, when armed men fired into her mother's car. (Contributed)

May 4, 2021: Rodney Bryant is named permanent APD chief.

May 5, 2021: The Atlanta Civil Service Board reinstates Rolfe as an APD officer, saying he was not afforded due process in his firing. Rolfe remains on administrative leave and still faces the criminal charges.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces on May 7, 2021, that she won't seek reelection.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces on May 7, 2021, that she won't seek reelection.

May 7, 2021: Mayor Bottoms announces that she will not run for reelection.

June 4, 2021: A judge grants Willis’ request to recuse her office from prosecuting Rolfe. A spokesperson for Carr says he will respect the court’s decision.

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