Atlanta Police chief resigns after officer shoots and kills a black man
By Richard Fausset, Johnny Diaz and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
Less than 24 hours after a white police officer shot and killed an African American man outside a fast-food restaurant, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta announced Saturday that the city’s police chief had resigned.
Early Sunday morning, Sgt. John Chafee, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, said the officer who shot the man had been fired. The shooting left many in the city once again incensed by the death of another black man
at the hands of the police — and nervous about the potential for more destructive flare-ups. By Saturday night, protesters had blocked roads and an interstate near the restaurant, a Wendy’s, and apparently set it on fire, according to news reports, with police firing tear gas and flash grenades to try to disperse the crowd.
Authorities said the man, Rayshard Brooks, 27, had run from police Friday night after failing a sobriety test and grabbing a Taser from an officer during a struggle with him. Bottoms said that security footage appeared to show that Brooks had fired the Taser toward the officer, who was chasing him before he was killed, but that she did not consider that a justification for the shooting.