USA: 'He's in a better place' — Atlanta reflects on the killing of Rayshard Brooks

Atlanta residents commented on the killing of Rayshard Brooks near his makeshift memorial in front of the burnt ruins of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant on Tuesday, after the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside the location on Friday night. Brooks' friend Richard recounted how the slain 27-year old had spent time with his daughter on the day of his passing. «He was happy that day. So one thing I can say, in our eyes he died in vain, but he definitely died in peace because that last moment with his family, he was happy,» Richard said. «One I thing I can tell you, he's in a better place than us.» «Let's stop giving these officers probation. Give them a mandatory active prison sentence. You know why? Because then change will come,» Richard continued. «I've been through police brutality myself, you know, I just survived,» Atlanta resident Amanda said. «I got beaten by the police and everything, and I'm a girl.» «I have never seen nothing like it before. I love that everybody's sticking together, you know? Everybody feels they got the compassion for it,» Amanda said of people uniting to protest racism and police brutality across the nation. Brooks was allegedly found asleep in his car at a Wendy's drive-through on Friday. According to authorities, Brooks failed a sobriety test, a struggle broke out and he took one of the officer's tasers before running away. Brooks' autopsy revealed he was shot twice in the back and died from organ injuries and blood loss. Atlanta's police chief Erika Shields resigned in the wake of the shooting, while the officer alleged to have shot Brooks, Garret Rolfe, was fired, and the other officer at the scene, Devin Bronsan, has been assigned administrative duties. On Saturday dozens of protesters gathered near Wendy's where the shooting happened, blocking the highway and setting the building on fire as tensions remain high between police and protesters since George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis. Anti-racism demonstrations have been taking place across the world following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.
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