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After a fatal use of firearms by the police against an African American in Atlanta, Atlanta's police chief Erika Shields has resigned. The policeman who fired was fired and another was suspended from active duty.
The incident took place in front of a fast food restaurant late Friday night, Georgia state authorities said. The African American who was killed is said to be 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks. Officials had responded to a complaint that the man slept in a parked car in the drive-in area of the fast food restaurant, blocking access. Other vehicles should have rounded the car, it said.
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After Brooks failed an alcohol test, the officers wanted to take him into custody, Atlanta's deputy chief Timothy Peek told reporters. Brooks, however, resisted the arrest. There was a scuffle, whereupon the officer used a stun gun.
However, this had no effect on the suspect. Rather, the argument went on until Brooks managed to wrest the stun gun from the policeman. A second policeman then also tried the stun gun, which also didn't work for the suspect, Peek added.
GBI National Police chief Vic Reynolds said video footage of the incident showed the man with the taser fled from the officers, suddenly turned around and pointed the stun gun at one of the police officers. The policeman then grabbed his service weapon, whereupon the fugitive turned around again, then was shot. The seriously injured man was taken to hospital but died after an emergency operation.
The GBI warned against jumping to conclusions. "I do not want anyone to rush to any form of judgment under any circumstances, which in these cases is very easy on both sides," said GBI boss Reynolds on Saturday. The investigators are aware that "enormous feelings" are involved in such cases and that this is reinforced by the current situation. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, "I don't think this was a justified use of lethal force."
Brooks' family lawyer, L. Chris Stewart, has filed a murder charge against the officer. It could not be that a stun gun was considered a non-lethal weapon, but if an African American catches it and runs away with it, it is still considered a lethal weapon and shoots at the running person. Brooks was the father of four children and celebrated the eighth birthday of a daughter on the Friday before his death.
The man's death sparked a new wave of demonstrations in Atlanta. Violent protests broke out near the crime scene. The fast food restaurant, whose employees had called the police, was set on fire. Hundreds of demonstrators protested against the rampant police violence in the United States. At least 36 people were arrested.
Trump doesn't want police cuts in the United States
After the death of George Floyd, US President Donald Trump spoke out in favor of strengthening the police authorities in the USA. During a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Trump made it clear that there would be no cutting of police funding with his administration. "We have to dominate the streets," he said, adding that it must be done with "compassion".
In the debate about racist police violence, Trump warned of a general suspicion against officials. There may be a few "bad apples" with the police, but it is unfair to label all officers as racists.
Trump announced an executive order to encourage police stations across the country to adopt "current professional standards in the use of force." We must work together to overcome bigotry and prejudice, "but we do not make progress or heal wounds by falsely labeling tens of millions of decent Americans as racists or bigots," Trump said. Trump did not give details about the planned decree.
Trump rejects renaming of military bases
US President Donald Trump has categorically opposed changing the controversial names of ten military bases. His administration is not even thinking of renaming the bases named after Confederate officers, Trump wrote on Twitter: "These monumental and very powerful bases have become part of the great American legacy, a story of win, victory, and freedom. " The US had trained and stationed its "heroes on these sacred grounds, and won two world wars". Therefore, his government will not even consider renaming the military facilities.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the civilian head of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, had indicated on reporter questions on Monday that they were "open to a non-partisan discussion" on the subject. However, government spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany reiterated on Wednesday that renaming the bases was a red rag for Trump. Should Congress pass such a law, it will not sign it.
House Chairwoman Nancy Pelosi called for Confederate statues such as Confederate President Jefferson Davis to be removed from the Washington Capitol. The statues paid a tribute "to hatred, not inheritance. They must be removed".
In Richmond, Virginia, the protesters themselves created facts: They overturned a statue of Davis on Wednesday evening. She is lying on the floor at an intersection, media reported. On Tuesday, protesters overturned a monument to the navigator Christopher Columbus in Richmond and thrown it into a lake. In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, protesters reportedly beheaded four statues and then removed them from a Confederate memorial. The crowd was disappointed by the decision of the city council, which had refused to implement the monument, it said in media reports.
The Confederate Army fought from 1861 to 1865 in the civil war of the southern states against the northern states and especially resisted the abolition of slavery. Activists want to rename bases named after Confederate officers like Fort Bragg in North Carolina. They see them as symbols of racism and the political division in the civil war era. The debate has taken on new impetus following the brutal death of George Floyd and the ensuing anti-racism protests.
George Floyd's brother: "It is up to you to make sure his death is not in vain"
In an emotional address to the Justice Committee of the US House of Representatives, a brother of the slain George Floyd has called for justice. "It is up to you to make sure his death is not in vain," said Philonise Floyd in Washington. "I can't tell you what kind of pain you feel when you see something like this. When you watch your big brother, who you've looked up to all your life, dying. He dies calling for his mother."
George Floyd was a kind, gentle man. The now world-famous video of his killing also shows that he was respectful to the police and did not fight back. "The man who stole his life, who choked him for eight minutes and 46 seconds - he (Floyd) still called him 'Sir' when he begged him for his life."
Floyd did not harm anyone that day, his brother said. "He didn't deserve to die for twenty dollars. I ask you, is that what a black man is worth? Twenty dollars?" Floyd was taken into custody by four white police officers on suspicion of paying with a fake $ 20 bill.
At the end of his speech, Philonise Floyd addressed his brother directly: He changed the world - "I hope you find mom and you can rest in peace and strength".
New York police officer is supposed to answer for violence against protester
For the first time, a New York police officer is said to have been brought to justice, who is said to have pushed a woman on the ground and verbally abused during an anti-racism demonstration. The officer was accused of assault and threats with a view to the incident on May 29, the Brooklyn prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Cell phone recordings showed how the suspect threw a woman hard on the ground and called a "slut" during protests in Brooklyn, New York on May 29. The protester was thrown to the ground and had to be hospitalized. The 20-year-old said she suffered a concussion and a seizure after her head hit the asphalt. The police department suspended the 28-year-old suspect from duty last week without paying a salary.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said he was "deeply concerned about this unnecessary attack". Patrick Lynch, president of the accused's police union, said the mayor and police leadership are "making sacrifices to police officers to save their own skin" by sending officers to protests "without support and with no clear plan".
The proceedings against the police officer, who had surrendered to investigators after the incident, would be the first to emerge from the occasional escalated protests. The New York Times reports that around 40 similar cases are currently being worked on against police officers.
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