New video of Rayshard Brooks’ death at Wendy’s parking lot shows witness shout ‘he’s unarmed, that’s unnecessary’ before shots are fired and officers tend to the 27-year-old on the ground
- New video of the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks has emerged
- Witness Joel Mack filmed the shooting from his car window at Wendy’s the night of June 12 when two officers tried to arrest Brooks and he ran away
- The clip shows a witness shout: ‘He’s unarmed…that’s totally unnecessary’
- Footage shows officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan tending to Brooks after he was shot twice in the back in the confrontation
- On Tuesday Brooks will be laid to rest in a funeral ceremony at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
New chilling video has emerged in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta on June 12
New harrowing video has emerged of the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, the black man who was killed after he was found asleep behind the wheel in a Wendy’s drive-thru.
The shocking footage was captured by witness Joel Mack, who was sitting in his car in the Wendy’s drive-thru in Atlanta and saw the confrontation between Brooks and white cops Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan unfold on June 12.
The chilling clip shows Rolfe and Brosnan on their knees bending over Brooks as if trying to tend to him after the shooting.
‘First thing that goes through your head is, is this really happening?’ Mack said to Good Morning America on Tuesday on the shooting.
He said he initially saw Garrett Rolfe tried to help 27-year-old Brooks as he was seen lying on the ground after he opened fire.
The chilling clip shows Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan on their knees bending over Brooks as if trying to tend to him after he was shot twice in the back
The video, filmed by witness Joel Mack, shows Rolfe tending to Brooks after the fatal shooting
The two officers were filmed standing over Brooks’ body as they waited for help to arrive . The clip also captured the cries of shocked witnesses. Before shots rang out one witness shouted: ‘He’s unarmed…that’s totally unnecessary’
‘First thing that goes through your head is, is this really happening?’ Mack said to Good Morning America on seeing the violent confrontation unfold
In the video people in the drive-thru are heard screaming and shouting, some in defiance of the officers’ excessive force, and others defending them.
‘He’s unarmed…that’s totally unnecessary,’ a man bellows.
Another witness on the scene is heard defending the police.
‘They had to shoot him. He took that mans’ Taser. He was trying to arrest him… I seen the whole thing. The police they did nothing wrong,’ a woman shouted.
Rolfe and Brosnan were called to the scene on June 12 following a report of someone asleep behind the wheel at the Wendy’s drive-thru lane.
Pictured: Police body cam footage from the arrest of Rayshard Brooks on June 12, 2020. Brooks was being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence
Brooks pictured speaking with ex-cop Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of the restaurant
Surveillance footage shows Brooks run away with a police officer’s Taser in hand
After Brooks pointed the Taser at the officers, Rolfe fired two shots, hitting Brooks in the back
They found Brooks asleep behind the wheel and woke up him, suspecting he had been drinking. They had him complete a Breathalyzer test, which registered a blood-alcohol level of .108 percent, above the legal limit of .08 percent.
But when police tried to handcuff him, a struggle ensued.
Brooks grabbed one of the officers Tasers and ran off and the officers pursued on foot. During the chase Brooks turned and pointed the Taser at an officer, prompting Rolfe to shoot him twice in the back.
When Brooks was shot by Rolfe, he ‘did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury,’ according to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr.
Following the incident Rolfe was fired. Last week Rolfe was hit with 11 charges, including felony murder.
Howard also raised charges against Brosnan, who faces an aggravate assault charge for standing on Brooks in the parking lot.
On Tuesday Brooks will be laid to rest in a funeral ceremony at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Brooks pictured with his wife and three daughter in this undated photograph
Brooks pictured in this undated photo shared by Stewart Trial Attorneys
‘Officers are working 12 and a half hour shifts and sometimes even more being out in the front line, being yelled at, spit upon, items thrown at. At some point people get tired and physically exhausted,’ Interim Chief Rodney Bryant said on demoralized cops
Brooks’ case is just the latest in a string of devastating police killings of black people in the US.
Following the devastating shooting the police department has experienced unrest and upheavel amid growing tensions between police and civilians.
Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down from office after Brooks’ death and following the outrage over the killing, demoralized officers have been calling in sick.
‘Officers are working 12 and a half hour shifts and sometimes even more being out in the front line, being yelled at, spit upon, items thrown at. At some point people get tired and physically exhausted,’ Interim Chief Rodney Bryant said.
Brooks will finally be laid to rest in a ceremony for friends and family on Tuesday in Atlanta at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first sermon and was eulogized after his 1968 assassination.
He was a beloved husband to Tomika Miller and father to four children: Dream, one, Memory, two, Blessing, and Mekai, 13.