LISTEN: Atlanta police release 911 call before shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Atlanta police have released the 911 call that proceeded the shooting of Rayshard Brooks.

A 911 caller indicated that Mr Brooks appeared to be drunk in his car outside a Wendy’s restaurant, but did not see a weapon.


NBC reports a Wendy’s employee who called 911 before the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta told the dispatcher that a customer who appeared to be intoxicated was asleep in his car in the restaurant’s drive-thru, according to a record of the call.

“I tried to wake him up, but he’s parked dead in the middle of the drive-thru, so I don’t know what’s wrong with him,” the caller says. “He woke up, looked at me and I was like, ‘You got to move out of the drive-thru.’ Because people can’t, they’re going around him.”

The employee tells the dispatcher in a call released Monday that they asked the man to pull to the side and go to sleep. When the 911 operator asks if the man had any weapons visible, the caller responds, “No, no. I think he’s intoxicated.”

Brooks, a Black man, was killed Friday night in the parking lot of the Wendy’s after two officers with the Atlanta Police Department responded to the 911 call. His death has been ruled a homicide, and the officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, has been fired.

The second officer, Devin Brosnan, was placed on administrative leave. And police Chief Erika Shields resigned from her post less than 24 hours after the shooting.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the shooting, said Saturday that Brooks failed a field sobriety test and struggled with the officers as they tried to arrest him.

“During the course of that confrontation, Mr. Brooks was able to secure from one of the Atlanta officers, his Taser,” said GBI Director Vic Reynolds at a news conference on Saturday.

The incident was captured on video and shows Brooks, 27, appearing to run from the officers with a stun gun in his hand, Reynolds said. After running a short distance, Brooks appeared to turn around and point the stun gun at the officer, according to the director. At that point, the officer fatally shot Brooks.

The shooting sparked protests in the city and was condemned by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

“This interaction with these police officers was such, almost a pleasant interaction. It did not have to end this way, and that’s what’s so frustrating,” Bottoms said Tuesday on NBC’s “TODAY.”

“It leaves us asking so many questions because we do so many things in Atlanta, we thought, to get it right, and this went so terribly wrong.”