ATLANTA – Protests erupted on University Avenue overnight after an officer-involved shooting landed a man, who protestors say is black, in the hospital. The GBI is now investigating and said the man died after undergoing surgery.
Atlanta police units initially responded to a 911 call reporting a suspicious person at Wendy’s around 10:30 p.m. Friday. Officers found a man asleep in his car, parked in the drive-thru lane and blocking customers, according to GBI.
They reportedly conducted a sobriety test, but when they attempted to arrest the man, identified as 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, a struggle ensued.
Deputy Chief Timothy Peek, with Atlanta police, described officers’ numerous attempts to deploy Tasers.
“Ultimately, when the officer used the Taser, it was ineffective for the suspect,” Peek said. “It did not stop the aggression of the fight.”
Peek added preliminary information shows Brooks was able to take an officer’s Taser from him.