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Cops in Rayshard Brooks shooting ‘collected shell casings before trying to help him’, lawyer claims – The Sun

LAWYERS for Rayshard Brooks' family claim the cops involved in his fatal Wendy's shooting collected their shell casings before calling for help.

Brooks, 27, was shot three times by Atlanta cops at the drive-thru after he allegedly failed sobriety test, took a stun gun from one of the officers and tried to run away from them on Friday night.




During a press briefing on Saturday, attorney L. Chris Stewart said fired officer Garrett Rolfe and Officer Devin Bronsan, who is on administrative leave, didn't prioritize Brooks who "lay there dying."

"The officers went and put on plastic gloves and picked up their shell casings after they killed him — before rendering aid," Stewart said. “They appear to be caring more about covering their tracks than providing aid.

“Aid that could have saved his life if allegedly he was taken to the hospital and died in surgery. But they didn’t give that to him.”

Stewart claimed the Rolfe and Bronson simply stood around after a surveillance video and body cam footage was released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

“One kicks him and flips him over,” Stewart continued. “We counted 2 minutes and 16 seconds before they even checked his pulse. And people wonder why everyone’s mad.


“Are you not tired of cases like this happening?” the attorney asked. “People are sick of watching black men murdered."

Stewart demanded the two men be charged because Brooks' death "shouldn’t have happened.”

Rolfe was fired on Saturday while his colleague was place on leave as Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields also resigned.

Stewart called for charges to be filed against the officers.

Brooks was found asleep in the driver's seat of a car blocking the drive-thru lane of a Wendy's restaurant in southwest Atlanta at 10.33 pm on June 12.


In the GBI surveillance video of Wendy's car park, Brooks can be seen running away from the police officers.

He appears to point a stun gun behind him before he is shot by one of Rolfe.

Bodycam footage has also been released showing the officers' full interaction with Brooks.

Initially, their interaction is polite as they tell him to take a field sobriety test which he failed, cops said.

A scuffle then ensued when Brooks resisted arrest and took a stun gun from one of the policemen before shots rang out.

But protests erupted in the wake of his death, which occurred just over two weeks after George Floyd's brutal arrest in Minneapolis and caused widespread civil unrest.

Stewart also revealed that he was shot the day before he was supposed to celebrate his eight-year-old daughter's birthday.

"We sat with [Brooks' children] today and watched them play and laugh and be oblivious to the facts that their dad was murdered on camera," Stewart said.

"A scene that we keep repeating as we watched Gianna Floyd play in Houston, oblivious to that her dad was knelt on and murdered. How many more examples will there be?"




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