Anti-racism protests intensify in US after cop shoots black man in Atlanta while trying to arrest him
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the killing of African-American George Floyd, which jolted the American states with massive protests, another instance of killing of a black man by police officer in Atlanta injected fresh anger among the anti-racism protestors.
The black man, identified as 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, was sleeping in his car at a Wendy’s fast food restaurant drive-through on late Friday. Employees of the restaurant called the police complaining that Brooks was blocking the way of other customers, news agency AFP reported.
After the police reached the spot and Brooks failed the sobriety test, the police officers tried to arrest, however, he resisted, the official report by Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Surveillance video showed "that during a physical struggle with officers, Brooks obtained one of the officer's Tasers and began to flee from the scene," the report continued.
"Officers pursued Brooks on foot and during the chase, Brooks turned and pointed the Taser at the officer. The officer fired his weapon, striking Brooks," it stated. Brooks was taken to a hospital but died after surgery, it said, adding that one officer was injured.
Soon after the news came out, demonstrators blocked the interstate highway and set alight a Wendy’s outlet where Brooks was killed.
This came hours after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms -- who has been touted as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden -- announced the resignation of police chief of the US city of Atlanta Erika Shields Erika Shields.
The unrest comes as the US faces a historic reckoning on systemic racism, with mass civil unrest ignited by the May 25 killing of another African American man, George Floyd, while in police custody. Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Protests which spread first around the country then the globe in the weeks since, have forced a conversation on the legacies of slavery, colonialism and white violence against people of color, as well as the militarization of police in America.
Shields had worked for Atlanta's police department for more than two decades. "Because of her desire that Atlanta be a model of what meaningful reform should look like across this country, Chief Shields has offered to immediately step aside as police chief," the mayor said in televised comments, as reported by AFP.
Posted By: Talib Khan