It happened again. Yes, another super-innocent black man was gunned down by racist police officers through absolutely-positively no fault of his own. I mean, can’t a black man- in Atlanta of all places- fall asleep drunk in a Wendy’s drive-through, violently resist arrest after failing a sobriety test, steal a police officer’s taser, flee from that officer, and shoot the taser at him without being gunned down in the process? But we live in the Fascist Dictatorship of the Ku Klux Klan, so apparently not! Sure, Rayshard Jenkins was a convicted child-abuser and this would have been his second DUI had he not been genocided, but he was a good dude, and was on his way to being an upstanding citizen.
The Guardian reports:
Recorded on the officer’s body camera and a surveillance camera, the encounter seemed friendly at first as Brooks cooperated with a sobriety test and talked about his daughter’s birthday.
“I watched the interaction with Mr Brooks and it broke my heart,” Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, said on CNN. “This was not confrontational. This was a guy that you were rooting for.”
But when an officer moved to arrest him, Brooks struggled with him and another officer at the scene before breaking free and running across the parking lot with what appears to be a police Taser in his hand, a bystander’s video showed.
A video from the restaurant’s cameras shows Brooks turning as he runs and possibly aiming the Taser at the pursuing officers before one of them fires his gun and Brooks falls.
Bottoms said on Saturday: “I do not believe this was a justified use of deadly force.”
Atlanta’s police chief, Erika Shields, resigned over the shooting. Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot Brooks, was fired, and the other officer involved in the incident, also white, was put on administrative leave.
As demonstrators in Atlanta took to the streets and called for the officers in Brooks’s case to be criminally charged, the Wendy’s restaurant was set on fire.
On Sunday police offered a $10,000 reward and published photos of what appeared to be a masked white woman being sought in connection with the fire.
Police said they were seeking those responsible for the blaze, including a woman who was “attempting to hide her identity”. The department posted photos on social media of what looked to be a young white woman wearing a black baseball cap and face mask, and a video clip filmed by a protester that appeared to show a woman encouraging the flames.
“Look at the white girl trying to burn down the Wendy’s,” the man recording the video can be heard saying. “This wasn’t us.”
Lawyers for Brooks’s family said he was the father of a young daughter who was celebrating her birthday on Saturday. They said the officers had no right to use deadly force even if he had fired the Taser, a non-lethal weapon, in their direction.
Okay, but in all seriousness, the rule of law has become a joke if the officers are tried criminally for this, which the Atlanta DA is attempting to do. Here’s the footage from officer body cams and Wendy’s surveillance.
Keep in mind, the newspaper headlines this morning (including from the article quoted above) are broadcasting that the Atlanta coroner is ruling this a “homicide.” As if the coroner is the actual jury for murder. Then there is the media that is happily pouring gasoline on the fire by featuring that verdict without a modicum of criticism.
I also think it’s funny that the article pinpoints the police are looking for a “young white woman” who set the Wendy’s on fire… because black people are incapable of doing anything evil. Once again, take a look at the video below and count the joggers vs. non-joggers.
We’ll end with what has not aged well.