Protesters Gather in Atlanta Following Police Killing of Rayshard Brooks

Protesters in Atlanta gathered on the afternoon of Saturday, June 13, to call for an end to police brutality in memory of Kendrick Johnson and just hours after 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in a Wendy’s parking lot.

Police said Brooks had resisted an arrest for DUI just after 10.30 pm on June 12 and had taken an officer’s taser before fleeing. Disturbing video captured the encounter at the Atlanta fast-food restaurant.

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) requested that the GBI carry out an investigation into the incident. The GBI said the APD had responded “to a complaint of a male in a vehicle parked in the drive thru asleep”, blocking other cars.

A protest that began as a call for justice over the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson evolved into a protest for Brooks. Footage here shows protesters gathered on Saturday at City Hall in Atlanta calling for reform. The source told Storyful that the protest began at Centennial Olympic Park and ended at City Hall.

The Georgia NAACP called for the immediate resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields following the incident. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Shields’ resignation hours later, saying the police chief would be reassigned to another role. Bottoms also called for the officer’s immediate termination, local media reported. Credit: @omari.60 via Storyful