Atlanta (Reuters) – In the case of the African American Rayshard Brooks, who was killed in a police operation in Atlanta, the main defendant has surrendered to the authorities.
The police officer, who was released immediately after the crime, is in prison, according to judicial records. He has to answer for murder, among other things. A second officer who was present at the incident also presented to the prison on Thursday but was released on bail, according to his attorney. Among other things, he is accused of serious bodily harm.
Brooks was gunned down on June 12 in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant during a police check. The incident was recorded on video. It shows how the 27-year-old, who is said to have fallen asleep in his car in the queue in front of the restaurant, defends himself during his arrest and apparently snatches a taser from one of the officers. Brooks runs off, turns around and aims the stun gun at the now main defendant. Then Brooks is shot. An autopsy revealed that Brooks was hit twice in the back and eventually died of blood loss and organ damage.
The killing sparked further protests against police brutality. On May 25, the African American George Floyd was killed in a police operation in Minneapolis. This case was also filmed and sparked a worldwide wave of protests against racism.