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.
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.
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.