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Bodycam video of Rayshard Brooks shooting amid public outrage

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Atlanta police have today released body-camera and other footage that captures the shooting death of a black man by a white officer.

Police in the US have released body-camera footage that captures the shooting death of a black man by a white officer.

The incident began when police responded to a call on Friday night (local time) about a man sleeping in a parked vehicle in the drive-through lane in a fast food restaurant, causing other customers to drive around it, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a statement.

In attendance were Garrett Rolfe and a second officer Devin Brosnan.

When the officers arrived to the scene, they found Rayshard Brooks, 27, body camera footage shows asleep behind the wheel in the drive-through lane. Footage from both officers' body cameras and from their vehicles shows them speaking with Mr Brooks for nearly 30 minutes outside the restaurant.

Mr Brooks can be heard on the footage saying he does not have any weapons on him and the officers pat him down.

Mr Brooks explains that he had opted to sleep in his car after being dropped off there, following a night out.

"I'm just not feeling right," Mr Brooks said.

"Do you think maybe that you had too much to drink, and you realised that you should not drive, so you parked?" one of the officers suggested.

"Yes sir," Mr Brooks said.

Mr Brooks then told officers he had only drunk "one-and-a-half" drinks.

"I tell her, 'Babe, let's go, 'cause I'm hungry'-" Mr Brooks said, before being interrupted by the officer.

When the officer insisted on Mr Brooks taking a breathaliser test, Mr Brooks suggested they just let him walk home.

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Mr Brooks eventually agrees to the test.

Questioned about what he had had to drink, he replied: "I'm not sure, it's something she ordered, she said 'Top Shelf', or whatever."

Afterwards, the officer tells Mr Brooks to put his hands behind his back and they move to handcuff him.

Mr Brooks then resists the arrest and begins struggling with the officers as they tussle on the ground for about 30 seconds.

"Stop fighting! Stop fighting!" an officer says, according to audio from the body camera.

During the struggle, Mr Brooks grabs an officer's Taser, escapes their grasp and starts running away.

"He's got my f---ing Taser," an officer can be heard saying.

Surveillance video provided by the GBI shows Mr Brooks running from the officers, and he appears to point the stun gun in their direction before falling to the ground.

Three shots are heard out of frame shortly afterward.

Mr Brooks taken to hospital, where he died, the GBI says. An officer was treated for an injury and released.

Public outrage boils over

Mr Rolfe was terminated yesterday, police said, and Mr Brosnan placed on administrative duty. The Atlanta police chief has also stepped down from her position.

The take away restaurant where the shooting took place was set aflame at one point last night, although the fire was out before midnight.

Police said that 36 people had been arrested in connection with the protests, but gave no further details.

Atlanta protests have been ongoing since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the end of May.

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Floyd died after pleading for his life while a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Brooks planned to attend birthday party

Mr Brooks, 27, has three daughters who are one, two and eight years old, according to the attorneys. He also has a 13-year-old stepson, they said.

Mr Brooks' oldest daughter was having her birthday party Saturday, Mr Brooks' family attorney Justin Miller said in a news conference yesterday.

"They had a birthday party for her... with cupcakes," Mr Miller said.

"While we were sitting there talking to her mom(sic) about why her dad's not coming home."

A day earlier, the young girl had enjoyed other celebrations with her father. Mr Brooks took her to get her nails done, Mr Miller said, and then they went and ate together.

The two had also spent time at an arcade Friday, family attorney L. Chris Stewart said.

"We sat with (Mr Brooks' children) today and watched them play and laugh and be oblivious to the facts that their dad was murdered on camera," Mr Stewart said in the news conference.

"A scene that we keep repeating as we watched Gianna Floyd play in Houston, oblivious to that her dad was knelt on and murdered. How many more examples will there be?"

'Brothers and sisters that love him more than life'

Mr Stewart says Mr Brooks worked at "a tortilla place" and was extremely loved by family.

"We have more family members at that house today than I could count," the attorney said.

"A ton of brothers and sisters that love him more than life."

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One of Brooks' older cousins, Decatur Redd, spoke to reporters yesterday and said he never expected he would have a similar situation land so close to home.

"I don't know how to do this because I never knew that I was going to have to do this," a visibly distraught Mr Redd told the crowd.

Mr Redd said he has seen videos of Friday night's shooting that have been circulating on social media. It was the worst thing he could wake up to, knowing Mr Brooks' whole family watched those same moments.

"We've been watching this happen for so many years, with young black boys around the country just dying in vain – I just don't want that to continue and keep happening like that," Mr Redd said.

"I didn't think it would hit right here, man. I thought this city was better than that. They've got to answer. Somebody's gotta say something," Mr Redd said.

"We need to at least know that the city is with us."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/rayshard-brooks-shooting-wendys-set-alight-after-police-kill-atlanta-black-man/60e04e6e-33a2-4251-bcf7-3ca2532f95d7

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