Bodycam footage of Rayshard Brooks shooting death released, showing NAACP was wrong


Warning: The footage you’re going to see (below) is graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.

ATLANTA, GA- The bodycam footage is out… and it shows that the narrative coming from the NAACP about what happened before the shooting of Rayshard Brooks was…well… dead wrong.

On Saturday, Atlanta’s NAACP vice president Gerald Griggs made his gas-lighting statements.

He said that the 27-year-old was sleeping in the passenger side of his car in a parking lot when police contacted him.

“The people are upset,” Griggs said, reported WAGA. “They want to know why their dear brother Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed when he was merely asleep on the passenger side and not doing anything.”

He probably should have waited to run his mouth until the bodycam footage was released, which shows the truth.

In the footage, you can see that Brooks was passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, blocking the Wendy’s drive-thru line.

It all started at 10:33 p.m. on Friday when someone called police about a man who was asleep in his car, blocking the Wendy’s drive-thru off University Ave near I-75/85.

WXIA reported that officers arrived.  They said that they gave field sobriety tests to 27-year old Rayshard Brooks.

At first, Officer Bronsan told Brooks to park in a parking spot if he wanted to sleep.

Shortly after, he smelled booze and it turned into a DUI investigation.

“I don’t want to deal with this dude right now,” Officer Bronsan said to himself in a comment caught on bodycam video.

The video showed that Brooks admitted he’d been drinking.  His words slurred while he spoke.

Shortly after, Officer Garrett Rolfe arrived and administered field sobriety tests.

Once that was done, Brooks consented to a preliminary breath test.  He blew a .108% BAC, which is above the legal limit.

Once they determined that he was intoxicated, they tried to arrest him, resulting in a full-on brawl that was partially captured on camera.

The suspect was able to fight off both officers, then take the Taser from one of them.

He got away from both of them and ran, holding the weapon.  One of the two officers gave chase, trying to tase him.

Gunshots then ring out shortly after both officers chased him off-camera.

According to Mayor Bottoms, footage shows look over his shoulder and fired the taser at one of the officers… resulting in him being shot.

He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.  WXIA reported that he died after surgery.

On Saturday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms herself announced that the footage existed.  It was revealed when she talked about how Brooks actually fired the Taser at the officer.

Shortly after, she demanded the officer’s immediate firing.

“While there may be debate as to whether this was an appropriate use of deadly force, I firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do, and what you should do,” Mayor Bottoms said.

And although she didn’t say that the officer actually violated any policy, she called for his firing anyway.

 “I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force, and have called for the immediate termination of the officer,” the mayor continued.

“What has become abundantly clear over the last couple of weeks in Atlanta, is that while we have a police force full of men and women who work alongside our communities with honor, respect, and dignity, there has been a disconnect with what our expectations are and should be as it relates to interactions with our officers and the communities in which they are entrusted to protect,” Mayor Bottoms said.

Atlanta’s Police Chief Erika Shields resigned on Saturday.

According to Bottoms, it was Shields’ own decision to step aside as police chief.  She said she’d remain with the city in an undetermined role.

For now Interim Corrections Chief Rodney Bryant would serve as interim police chief.

According to the mayor, former assistant police chief and current interim corrections chief Rodney Bryant will serve as interim police chief.

On Saturday night, the rioting began.

And it also didn’t take long for people to remind “protestors” that there’s plenty of bail money that’s been donated to bail you out if you get arrested.

And of course shortly after Wendy’s was torched, people blamed the cops “employees losing their jobs” and “peaceful protestors put in danger”.

That Wendy’s where the fatal officer-involved shooting took place was first vandalized.

Then it was torched.

People cheered and filmed it and we’re told fire crews had a problem responding to calls.

Protestors shut down a highway in the city.

Images show the freeway under the Atlanta airport shut down by people pulling donuts.

Chief Shields was already catching heat for another situation that went down during protests over the past couple of weeks.

Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner, the two Atlanta Police Officers who were fired after using their tasers on two college students in a separate, are fighting back. They’re suing Shields and Mayor Bottoms for their jobs back.

The lawsuit states:

“Petitioners have suffered irreparable injury to their personal and professional reputations as a result of their unlawful dismissal.”

The officers were effecting a traffic stop after a 9pm curfew at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Andrew Young International Boulevard. Spelman College student Taniyah Pilgrim, 20, and former Morehouse College student Messiah Young, 22, were near downtown Atlanta and stopped their vehicle in the middle of the street.

One of the officers yelled several times for the driver, Young, to stop the car. Streeter allegedly smashed the driver’s side window and tased Young, and Gardner tased the passenger who allegedly refused to get out of the car.

Of course, there is very little being put out in the mainstream media as to why the officers elected to tase the poor, innocent students. And the information that is out there is being buried.

The vehicle was being signaled to stop…because there was another officer standing in the road a short way down from them. The driver didn’t comply, so officers surrounded his vehicle.

While ordering both occupants out of the car, both refused to comply. The driver reached his hands towards his pocket.

Mayor Bottoms was condemning the officers for the incident before an investigation even started. In a press conference, she said:

“[The video was] deeply disturbing on many levels. There was clearly an excessive use of force.”

After reviewing the body cam footage, Mayor Bottoms and Chief Shields ordered Officers Streeter and Gardner to be fired.

The next day, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced criminal charges against the two officers for aggravated assault, as well as four others who were reportedly on scene and involved. The possible charges for those officers have not yet been announced. They remain on desk duty.

In a memo to her officers, Chief Shields said that she fired Officers Streeter and Gardner because she “didn’t have an option,” but she never thought criminal charges would have been brought against any of the officers. She said it was a “political move” by DA Howard.

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Shields also said:

“We created chaos and we escalated a low-level encounter into a space where we introduced violence. Once this occurs, we need to own it.

“The officers were fired because I felt that is what had to occur. This does not mean for a moment that I will sit quietly by and watch our employees get swept up in the tsunami of political jockeying during an election year.

“Now that the charges have been announced, I’m very concerned with the space we find ourselves in, both tactically and emotionally. Multiple agencies that were assisting us in managing this incredibly volatile time have pulled out, effective immediately. They are not comfortable with their employees being leveraged politically by the potential of also facing criminal charges.” 

Five nearby agencies that were offering assistance to the city during riots have pulled out and elected to no longer assist.

DA Howard said he was “perplexed” by the accusation by Shields regarding political motivation. He said in a statement last Wednesday:

“The Chief, after assessing the excessiveness of the officers’ conduct, decided to fire two of the officers involved. After reviewing the police officers’ bodycam videos, she literally fired these officers on the spot.

“I am perplexed that when the Atlanta Chief of Police makes a decision within her authority her actions are legitimate, but when I, as the Fulton County District Attorney, make a decision to act under the law to ensure justice based on clear evidence available, these actions are deemed to be ‘political’ all of a sudden.” 

For context, the charges against the officers occurred a week before the Democratic primary, where he faced two strong candidates. There were already two investigations open against Howard as he seeks his seventh term.

Both officers were serving in Atlanta PD’s Fugitive Unit as investigators. Streeter had been with the department since December 2003, and Gardner had been with them since August 1997.

The lawsuit claims that other officers “engaged in substantially similar conduct” and were not dismissed. The officers are seeking to be reinstated and to receive back pay and benefits.

The attorney representing the officers is Lance LoRusso, who stated:

“Both were fired before they could be interviewed by the Office of Professional Standards in direct violation of the policies and procedures of the Atlanta Police Department as well as the law. Any charges brought by a District Attorney without a full investigation should raise concerns.”

As a guest on a podcast, Mayor Bottoms said:

“So my police officers just got a very real lesson in what our expectations and what our level of tolerance will be in the city of Atlanta. If the force was excessive, they’ve got to be fired. Period.

“And I think those are the type changes and expectations that we’ve got to give to our police officers and the expectation we’ve got to give to our community because nobody has patience with waiting.” 

One may argue to the mayor that, yes, waiting is difficult when one is seeking justice. Much like victims and families of victims all over the nation must wait for suspects who committed crimes against them to wait for trials to play out.

However, those trials are necessary to ensure that proper justice is done. To make sure the accused have a fair and impartial trial. To make sure they’re allowed their Constitutional right to due process.

Unless, of course, you’re a police officer.

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