2 years after the death of Rayshard Brooks, what will become of the 2 officers accused of having killed him?
ATLANTA – The community is ensuring that the memory of a man shot dead by police will not be forgotten.
Two years ago, police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s on the corner of University Avenue and Pryor Road.
On Sunday, family and friends gathered for a vigil.
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“We’re here to stand with the family and always say their name,” Porchse Miller said.
Rayshard Brooks is a name that about 60 to 70 people promised on Sunday never to forget.
It’s not just her name they’ll always remember, but also what happened at the old Wendy’s on June 12, 2020.
“As we remember, Rayshard Brooks was killed here before by a situation with the Atlanta Police Department,” said National African American Nation’s Garry Stokes.
This situation started after Brooks fell asleep in a car in the parking lot driving Wendy.
Atlanta police said when Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan confronted him, Brooks grabbed Brosnan’s taser and attempted to flee.
Police say Rolfe ran after Brooks and shot him after Brooks pointed the taser at Rolfe’s head.
Family and friends tell Channel 2 this is far from the truth.
“Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back, so how was he a threat to law enforcement?” asked NAACP attorney Gerald Griggs.
Tammie Featherstone of Georgia Moms United knows all about a family member being killed by police.
Her nephew was killed by the police and she demands a change.
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“We need to get the laws changed,” Featherstone said. “We need to have the prosecutor’s office to prosecute these officers for the murder of these young black men.”
Griggs said that was the best result.
“I hope this special prosecutor will appear before a grand jury. We believe the facts are there for an indictment and then ultimately a trial to determine what really happened,” Griggs said.
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