Autopsy report reveals Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back, lists death as homicide

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Rayshard Brooks, the black man shot by a white Atlanta police in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant on Friday night, suffered organ damage and blood loss from two gunshot wounds, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office says. "His cause of death: gunshot wounds of the back," an investigator for the medical examiner said in a statement after an autopsy was conducted on Sunday. He also hinted that Brooks' death is now being investigated as a homicide by prosecutors. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in the statement: “Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation. “Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s statement. Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot Rayshard Brooks was fired while his colleague Devin Brosnan, has been placed on administrative leave.  Brooks had been asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru, causing other customers to drive around the car. The two police officers who were dispatched to Wendy’s around 10:30 p.m on Friday, conducted a sobriety test on Brooks, which he failed.  During the arrest, he resisted and a struggle ensued between the three men.  Videos from the scene show Rayshard struggling on the ground with two police officers over a Taser. As he stood up and started running away, both cops chased him from behind before Officer Garrett Rolfe fired twice to Rayshard's back. The father of three died after he was rushed to a local hospital for surgery.      View this post on Instagram         Black man dies after being shot by a white Police officer in Atlanta. A black Atlanta man died after he was shot by a white police officer in a fast-food drive-thru late Friday. The victim, Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot during a struggle and died after surgery at a local hospital, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. One officer was treated for an injury and discharged. Brooks had been asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru, causing other customers to drive around the car, the Bureau of Investigation said. Police were dispatched to the Wendy’s around 10:30 p.m. and conducted a sobriety test on Brooks, who failed the test, according to the officials. “During the arrest, the male subject resisted and a struggle ensued,” the Bureau of Investigation said. “The officer deployed a Taser. Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser. It has also been reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser.” In a video captured by a man from his car, Rayshard is seen struggling on the ground with two police officers over the Taser. As he stood up and started running away, both cops chased him from behind before one of them fired three-times at Rayshard. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later released a surveillance video which captured the officer who fired three shots to Rayshard's back until he collapsed to the ground. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr. said in a statement Saturday that his office had already launched an “intense, independent” investigation of the incident, and that members of his office were on the scene shortly after the shooting.A post shared by Lindaikejiblog (@lindaikejiblogofficial) on Jun 13, 2020 at 4:16pm PDTThe post Autopsy report reveals Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back, lists death as homicide appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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