By Saturday night, protestors took to the streets and someone set the inside of the aforementioned Wendy’s on fire — in addition to a vehicle nearby.
Rayshard Brooks was involved in an altercation with Atlanta police in a Wendy’s parking lot on Friday night, where he reportedly took an officer’s stun gun and attempted to run away. The officer then shot Brooks after it appeared that he had pointed the taser at him before running away. Brooks was reportedly still alive in the parking lot when paramedics arrived, but was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
Since the shooting, Atlanta police chief Erika Shields stepped down from her position less than 24 hours following the incident. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also called for the officer who shot Brooks to be fired immediately.
The mayor said the Shields stepped down “so that the city may move forward with urgency in rebuilding the trust so desperately needed throughout our community.”
Mayor Bottoms also said the city’s interim police chief will be Rodney Bryant as they launch a “national search” for new leadership.
As we said earlier, resisting arrest and running AWAY from the cops is not a death sentence.
There goes @Wendys on University Ave.
I had to step away for my own safety but here is a look at rioters right before they lit a firework in the Wendy's where #atlantapolice shot and killed #RayshardBrooks @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/rR0XdDkaBk
— Alex Whittler (@AlexWhittler) June 14, 2020
The Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police is now on fire.
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) June 14, 2020