The family of Rayshard Brooks call for justice, change after the black man's death by police
(Reuters) - The family of Rayshard Brooks, a black man whose death reignited protests in Atlanta over the weekend, on Monday called for “drastic change” in policing and justice for their relative who died after a police officer shot him twice in the back.
The death of 27-year-old Brooks, which the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office ruled a homicide, was the latest police killing of a black man to fuel nationwide outrage against police brutality and racial injustice.
Brooks’ fatal encounter with the police came after police responded to a call that he had fallen asleep in his car in a Wendy’s restaurant drive-through lane.
Caught on video, the encounter seemed friendly at first but when an officer moved to arrest him, Brooks struggled with him and another officer at the scene before breaking away across the parking lot with what appears to be a police Taser in his hand.