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Another black killed, police chief resigns in Atlanta

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Atlanta’s police chief resigned on Saturday hours after Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot by an officer in a struggle outside a fast food restaurant. Authorities said the slain man had grabbed an officer’s taser but was running away when he was shot.

The police officer was fired following the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, and another officer was placed on administrative duty, the police department announced early Sunday.

The moves follows the Saturday resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who stepped down as the Friday night killing of Brooks, 27, sparked a new wave of protests in Atlanta after turbulent demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis had simmered down.

The terminated officer was identified as Garrett Rolfe, who was hired in October 2013, and the officer placed on administrative duty is Devin Bronsan, who was hired in September 2018.

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The police department also released body camera and dash camera footage from both officers.

Chris Stewart, an attorney for Brooks’ family, said the officer who shot him should be charged for “an unjustified use of deadly force, which equals murder.”

Protesters tore down a bust of slave owner John McDonogh – who left part of his fortune to New Orleans’ schools – and then took the remains to the Mississippi River and rolled it down the banks into the water.

The destruction is part of a nationwide effort to remove monuments to the Confederacy or with links to slavery as the country grapples with widespread protests against police brutality toward African Americans.

Police said in a statement that demonstrators at Duncan Plaza, which is directly across the street from City Hall, dragged the bust into the streets, loaded it onto trucks and took it to the Mississippi River where they threw it in.

When he died, McDonogh left a large portion of his money to New Orleans and Baltimore for schools, and many schools in New Orleans are named after him. The McDonogh Day celebration, in which schoolchildren across the city laid flowers at a different monument to McDonogh, was racially segregated and became the subject of boycotts in the 1950s, as African-American children would have to wait for hours for white children to lay their flowers first.

 

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