Atlanta police chief resigns after fatal police shooting

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 00:30:36-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s police chief is resigning after an officer fatally shot a man who snatched an officer’s Taser and ran during a struggle in a restaurant parking lot. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Police Chief Erika Shields’ resignation Saturday.

The mayor told reporters she doesn’t believe the shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was justified. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Brooks resisted attempts to be taken into custody after he failed a field sobriety test and a struggle ensued over a Taser.

A video showed Brooks appearing to point an object at an officer while running before he was shot. Protesters on Saturday night set fire to the Wendy’s restaurant where Brooks was fatally shot the night before and blocked highway traffic.

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