(Reuters) – Police officers concerned within the capturing of Rayshard Brooks, a black man whose dying reignited protests in Atlanta over the weekend, should have let him walk home or discovered different methods to de-escalate the scenario, his family’s lawyers stated on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: A Wendy’s burns following a rally towards racial inequality and the police capturing dying of Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. June 13, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo
An post-mortem carried out on Sunday confirmed that Brooks, 27, died from blood loss and organ accidents prompted by two gunshot wounds to his again, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s workplace stated in an announcement, ruling his dying a murder.
Justin Miller, lawyer for Brooks’ family, instructed CNN on Monday stated the cops didn’t inform Brooks clearly that he was being positioned below arrest or think about his state of thoughts provided that he was drained and inebriated.
“We don’t think it was right, and we don’t think it was reasonable” for the officer to have used deadly power in response, Miller stated.
Brooks’ deadly encounter with the police got here after an worker of a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta phoned authorities to say that somebody had fallen asleep in his automotive within the restaurant’s drive-through lane.
Caught on video, the encounter appeared pleasant at first however when an officer moved to arrest him, Brooks struggled with him and one other officer on the scene earlier than breaking free and working throughout the car parking zone with what seems to be a police Taser in his hand.
A video from the restaurant’s cameras reveals Brooks turning as he runs and presumably aiming the Taser on the pursuing officers earlier than one of them fires his gun and Brooks falls.
Atlanta’s police chief, Erika Shields, resigned over the capturing. The officer suspected of killing Brooks was fired, and the opposite officer concerned within the incident, additionally white, was placed on administrative depart.
Prosecutors will resolve by midweek whether or not to carry prices, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard stated on Sunday.
Another lawyer for the Brooks’ family, L. Chris Stewart, stated the officers might have let Rayshard go and caught him later and known as for a better concentrate on community-based policing as a method to keep away from such lethal confrontations.
“They should have let him walk home as he asked them,” Stewart instructed NBC’s “Today” program on Monday. “That man’s life should not have been taken so callously for running away with a nonlethal weapon.”
Brooks’ dying reignited protests in Atlanta after days of worldwide demonstrations towards racism and police brutality prompted by the dying of George Floyd, an African American, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.
Amid the protests in Atlanta the Wendy’s restaurant went up in flames. On Sunday, police supplied a $10,000 reward and printed photographs of what appeared to be a masked white lady being sought in reference to beginning the hearth.
Reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington and Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; Editing by Steve Orlofsky