The shooting of another African-American man during his arrest in the United States has triggered new condemnation of police use of lethal force.

Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot dead in the parking lot of a restaurant in Atlanta on Friday while trying to escape.

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The killing sparked protests. The Top house Democrats said Mr. Brooks’ actions “do not require fatal violence” – echoing testimony from the Mayor of Atlanta.

The city police chief resigned and the participating police officers were sacked.

Atlanta is one of many cities in America where the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police led to protests against racism and police brutality. Mr. Floyd, also an African-American, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes last month.

 

Georgia Investigation Bureau (GBI) said officials were called to Wendy’s fast food restaurant because Mr. Brooks slept in his car blocking the road.

Body camera footage released by the police Department shows the officer who, with Mr. Brooks’ permission, conducted a sobriety test and then a breathalyzer test.

Then two officers tried to handcuff him – at which point their body cams fall off. In the footage from the surveillance camera, you can see them fighting with Mr. Brooks on the ground.

He took an officer’s taser and freed himself from the officers on the run. When he was chased by officers, Mr. Brooks was seen turning around and pointing a Taser at him before continuing to flee and then being shot.

Protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting on SundayMr. Brooks was taken to hospital but later died.

 

What is the reaction?

Protests took place on Saturday at the scene, blocking the main road nearby. Crowds set fire to restaurants and police used tear gas.

A lawyer representing Mr. Brooks’ family said officers could not use lethal force. The taser kidnapped Mr. Brooks is a deadly weapon.

“You can’t shoot anyone unless he or she points a gun at you,” lawyer Chris Stewart said.

Also on Saturday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that Atlanta police chief Erica Shields had resigned.

“Although there may be a debate about whether this is an appropriate use of lethal violence, I am very confident that there is a clear difference between what you can do and what you need to do,” Ms Bottoms said. “I don’t think this is a justified use of deadly force.”

Representative James Clayburn, a South Carolina Democrat who House Majority whip, told CNN on Sunday. “It doesn’t require fatal violence and I don’t know what will make that person do that in culture.”

The official involved in the crossfire was identified as Garett Rolfe (27). He has been with the police service for seven years.

According to ABC News, this is the 48th “shooting officer” investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation this year. 15 of these cases were fatal.

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