Bottoms said that her husband Derek, an executive at Home Depot, had once been wrongfully detained at a Walmart for suspected shoplifting. Bottoms also said she reviewed video of the fatal encounter between Brooks and the two white APD officers.
“This was a guy you were rooting for,” Bottoms said. “Even knowing the end, watching it, you’re going: ‘Just let him go. Just let him go. Let him call somebody to pick him up.’”
Officers had tried to detain Brooks, who had fallen asleep in a Wendy’s drive through line. The initial half-hour exchange was not confrontational, with Brooks talking about planning his daughter’s birthday party. But the struggle began after officers tried to arrest him.
The encounter was captured on video and led to the immediate firing of Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot Brooks. The incident also led to the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, and more mass demonstrations over the weekend. The Wendy's restaurant where the encounter took place was burned to the ground.
Bottoms was joined on CNN by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
Bottoms promised that the deaths of those wrongfully killed by police would not be in vain.
“There is a movement across this country and it is changing all of our cities,” Bottoms said.