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Brooks was fatally shot Friday night during a DUI arrest attempt in the parking lot of the University Avenue restaurant. He was found sleeping in the Wendy’s drive-thru, leading an employee to call 911 and ask for police.
Body and dash camera footage shows the officers trying to arrest Brooks after a breathalyzer registered a blood alcohol level of .108. A struggle ensued, with Brooks eventually grabbing Brosnan’s Taser.
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The first 29 minutes don’t prepare you for the all-too-familiar tragedy that follows: a white police officer, a black male victim, lethal gunshots and questions about whether any of it was justified. It happened again in Atlanta Friday night, when Officer Garrett Rolfe fired three times at a fleeing Rayshard Brooks. Both men, 27 years old. The shooting would set off a stunning chain of events, culminating in the resignation early Saturday night by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. (Video edited by Ryon Horne, Christian Boone)
Brooks ran a few steps and then turned, GBI Director Vic Reynolds said during a Saturday afternoon news conference. It was at that moment, Reynolds said, thatRolfe opened fire.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy determined that Brooks suffered organ damage and blood loss from two gunshot wounds.
“His cause of death: gunshot wounds of the back,” an investigator from the medical examiner’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday.
Both suspects have maintained their innocence, and their legal teams have defended their actions.
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Since the charges were announced Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta police has experienced a "higher than usual" number of officers failing to show up for work. The department maintains that it has plenty of officers on the job to handle 911 calls and crime throughout the city.
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