A high-ranking official just abruptly quit. America is stunned by this news, but it is already a done deal. The decision has been made and authorities are already seeking a permanent replacement.
“Out of a deep and abiding love for this City and this department, I offered to step aside as police chief,” announced Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields after Rayshard Brooks, a black man, was killed by a city police officer.
“I have faith in the Mayor, and it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” continued Shields, who served the Atlanta Police Department for over 20 years.
According to the public video of the incident, Brooks was suspected of allegedly being under the influence outside of an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant. He began to run away and was able to take an officer’s Taser in the process.
One of the officers, Garrett Rolfe, reportedly fired three shots at Brooks after the suspect pointed the Taser at another officer while trying to flee. Brooks died of his injuries at a local hospital after undergoing surgery.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) demanded action in response to the incident. “I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer,” she said.
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