Appearing on CNN to discuss the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, Stacey Abrams called the incident “murder.”
“The decision to shoot him in the back was one made out of maybe impatience or frustration or panic, but it was not one that justifies deadly force. It was murder,” Abrams said.
“This was a man who had been frisked, so they knew he did not possess a deadly weapon,” she added. “They knew when he ran away that he did not pose a danger.”
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Per TheHill, Abrams’s statement comes as Atlanta police have maintained that Brooks struggled with an officer before grabbing the officer’s Taser weapon and pointing it at him. Video of the incident obtained by CNN contains audio of an officer yelling “you’re going to get Tased,” followed by “hands off the Taser” seconds later.
“Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser,” said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
One officer has been fired over the incident and another placed on administrative leave. The city’s police chief, Erika Shields, also resigned following news of Brooks’s death as well as a separate incident in which two black college students were dragged out of a car by police during protests in the city.
The shooting sparked protests across the city in the days that followed, and the Wendy’s where Brooks was shot was set aflame.
Brooks’s death comes as demonstrations have rocked the city and others nationwide for weeks following the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day.