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VIDEO: Ex. Police Officer Brandon Tatum explains justifiable shooting death of Rashard Brooks

The Atlanta Police Department has released officer bodycam and dashcam video of the events leading up to the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks on Friday night.

The footage shows Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan speaking to Brooks for nearly 30 minutes on suspicion of DUI. Wendy’s called police complaining that someone fell asleep behind the wheel of his car in the drive-thru line.

This Fox News article breaks down the video:

Brosnan is seen on video knocking on Brooks’ car window and appears to have trouble waking him. He asks if Brooks is all right or needs medical attention. Brooks says he’s OK, before appearing to fall asleep again. Brosnan wakes him a second time and tells him to move his car to another spot in the lot.

When Rolfe arrives in the parking lot, Brosnan purportedly tells him there was “a pretty good smell of alcoholic beverage coming out of the car.” He says that Brooks’ eyes are watery, he is slurring his words and appears confused as to where he is.

This screengrab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant, late Friday, June 12, 2020, in Atlanta.(Atlanta Police Department via AP)

Brooks is seen being questioned by officers, and he tells them he had only one drink, a martini, earlier in the day. He later appears to tell officers that he had a couple, or one and a half drinks, saying he had a daiquiri.

Brooks tells officers he is on Old Dixie Highway in Forest Park, about 10 miles from his actual location on University Ave. in Atlanta.

The officers administer several field sobriety tests, and the bodycam image clearly shows a breathalyzer registers a blood alcohol level of .108. The legal limit is .08.

“I think you’ve had too much to drink to be driving,” Rolfe says before attempting to handcuff Brooks.

This screen grab taken from dashboard camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks, center, struggling with Officers Garrett Rolfe, left, and Devin Brosnan in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant, early Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)

This screengrab taken from dashboard camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks, center, struggling with Officers Garrett Rolfe, left, and Devin Brosnan in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant, early Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)

Brooks breaks free and struggles with the two officers. The officers’ bodycams are knocked off in the struggle. The officers can be heard warning Brooks: “You’re going to get Tased! Stop fighting!”

Dashcam video shows Brooks wrestling with the two officers. At one point, Brooks grabs hold of Brosnan’s Taser. As Brooks bolts from the officers, he turns toward them with the stun gun.

The chase continues for a few moments out of view of the dashcam before shots are fired.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), responds:

“These new videos indicate that during a physical struggle with officers, Brooks obtained one of the officer’s Tasers and began to flee from the scene,” the agency said in a statement. “Officers pursued Brooks on foot and, during the chase, Brooks turned and pointed the Taser at the officer. The officer fired his weapon, striking Brooks.”

In a knee jerk move, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for the immediate firing of the officer who opened fire during a Saturday afternoon news conference.

“I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force,” Bottoms said.

She also said there is a difference in what an officer can do and what they should do.

But there is no question that the officers were justified in their actions. Former police officer Brandon Tatum did a video breaking down the situation.

Brandom poses the question, “Brandon, how you do prevent this from happening?” Simply put, he said don’t drink and drive. Second, if you fail a field sobriety test just go to jail. See your day in court and fight it. Don’t be idiots.

Source: Atlanta police release bodycam video leading up to death of Rayshard Brooks



5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Jennifer Santos

    June 14, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Donald Trump is an amazing President and fights for our freedoms, safety, and what is right for our country.

  2. Julie

    June 14, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Love your videos. Full of honesty and reality. Keep ’em coming!

  3. Dean

    June 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Kudos Mr. Tatum. Well said!

  4. Jerry

    June 15, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Hey I agree with you on all what you said but my only concern is why did they burn dowen the windys the had not part of it now you got at least 20 people out of work why . It is stupid to burn dowen a building that had nothing to do what is going on out side oh I know why because they called the police

  5. Michael Ditka

    June 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Sad day all around but the media headlines today said “Death Penalty For Atlanta officer?” I mean wtf. The ex-cop who murdered George Floyd received a Murder 2 charge which carries 4-20, but this deserves the chair? The liberal media has lost their minds, and so have the democratic mayors and governors.

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