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Medical examiner rules Rayshard Brooks’ death a homicide from two gunshot wounds in the back

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/15/2020 Lauren Theisen
a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Rayshard Brooks was killed in Atlanta after an altercation with police. © Provided by New York Daily News Rayshard Brooks was killed in Atlanta after an altercation with police.

Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old man from Atlanta whose fatal encounter with police officers has fueled ongoing protests against racism and police brutality, was killed by two gunshot wounds to the back, the Fulton County Medical Examiner ruled on Sunday. His manner of death is considered to be a homicide, CBS in Atlanta reports.

Brooks was killed outside a Wendy’s on Friday night after he fell asleep in the restaurant’s drive-through. According to video of the confrontation, Brooks struggled with police officers when they tried to handcuff him, then attempted to run away. As Brooks was running, Officer Garrett Rolfe fired his handgun three times, leading to Brooks’ death after surgery at the hospital.

Since the shooting, protests in the Atlanta area have continued with increased intensity, and the city’s Chief of Police has resigned. Officer Rolfe has been fired, a police spokesperson said on Sunday, while the other officer on the scene has been placed on administrative leave.


Video: What video shows happened before and after the death of Rayshard Brooks (The Washington Post)

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