On A Day Before His Daughter’s 8th Birthday Celebration, Rayshard Brooks Was Unjustly Killed.
At a Wendy’s parking lot on Friday night, an Atlanta police officer mortally wounded Rayshard Brooks
Rayshard Brooks — a 27-year-old black man — was moments away from his little girl’s eighth birthday celebration when he was lethally shot by Atlanta police.
On Saturday, a press conference was held and the family of Brooks was represented by two attorneys. The two attorneys spoke about this tragic incident – inwhich a black man was shot at a Wendy’s parking lot on Friday night, and succumbed to his fatal injuries after undergoing surgery. The two attorneys also spoke about how Brooks, a father of four, went through some of his last moments in his life with his daughter Blessing.
“He was supposed to take his daughter skating today for her birthday,” family attorney Justin Miller stated at the Saturday news conference.
“The girl adorn herself her birthday dress waiting for her dad to come pick her up so then they could go skating,” he continued. They had a sweet father – daughter time as she got her nails and toes painted, they then grabbed some food to eat.
The attorney Miller reports that Brooks’ family still made sure the eighth birthday celebration continued for Blessing in spite of all that had happened. They had a birthday party for her. This birthday they have together is sorrowfully different where they were celebrating, with cupcakes, talking to her mom about why her dad’s not coming home.
“That’s the part of it that we see every day that everybody doesn’t see. And that’s the part that just, it hits you right here,” he said, signaling to his heart. “It’s terrible.”
Brooks is survived by his wife, Tomika Miller, and four children: Dream, 1, Memory, 2, Blessing, and Mekai, 13.
A complaint was filed to the Atlanta police on Friday. The complaint stated a man, later identified as Brooks, was asleep parked in the drive-through. After Brooks resisted arrest, the officer deployed a taser. Then, a struggle ensued, resulting in the tragedy of Brooks being shot.
“In the event that a taser is not a lethal weapon, at that point it is anything but a lethal weapon when I have it, it is anything but a fatal weapon when an official has it, it is anything but a fatal weapon when any other individual has it. At the point when our client has the taser, they’re going to state it’s a lethal weapon and it’s most certainly not,” Miller said at the press conference.
According to CNN, after Brooks’ death on Friday night, Atlanta police chief Erika Shields resigned and the officer, identified as Garrett Rolfe, that shot Brooks was fired. Another officer, identified as Devin Brosnan, is also involved in Brooks’ death and he has been placed on administrative duty.
In the weeks of protests against police brutality and racial injustice, Brooks’ killing is an example of such cases about police brutality and racial injustice. These protests began following the murder of George Floyd last month.
L. Chris Stewart, another family attorney, made references to the outrage and talked about how after years of injustice, “I thought this was finally going to start ending.”
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, I don’t have the foggiest idea what justice is any longer. Is it getting them arrested? Is it getting someone terminated? Is it a chief standing down? I realize this isn’t justice, what’s going on in the civilization right now,” he continued. “We’re just tired. And if you don’t understand that because you may be a different color, you may be a different gender, you may not be from Georgia, then you may be the problem.”
The Stewart Trial Attorneys’ Care Team has created a GoFundMe page. Brooks’ family will receive all the proceeds within the GoFundMe page.