On Friday, police officers were called to a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia because a man was asleep in his car and blocking the drive-thru. The officers came to straighten out the matter and conduct a sobriety test on the man, Rayshard Brooks.
Videos from the officers body camera, Wendy’s security camera, and a bystander filming shows that the interaction was peaceful until the officers tried to put handcuffs on Brooks.
The Officer Tatum breaks it down below.
Clearly it can be seen that there was a struggle incited by Brooks against the officers. He’s wrestling with the cops, punches one of them in the face, grabs a taser from the cops’ belt, and takes off running. The officers run after him and Brooks turns backs and points the taser at the police and officer Garrett Rolfe responded, as he was trained to do, by firing his gun at the man.
If the officer hadn’t followed his training and instincts the chance of Brooks tasing one or both of the officers, taking their guns, and shooting them is very, very likely. And who knows, maybe he would have lost his mind completely and started shooting other people too. The police have an obligation to protect others and themselves and sometimes that requires the use of deadly force. Had the officer not responded the way he did, this whole situation could have turned out a lot worse than it did. Of course, Brooks shouldn’t have died, but that is on him.
It’s no surprise that the SJW’s and “woke” liberals were quick to side with Brooks, who is a black man. But it begs the question, why? Brooks was drunk, resisting arrest and a threat to the officers and potential bystanders as well, a man like that doesn’t deserve defending.
Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Minority Leader, said “We need reformation of how police officers do their jobs, how law enforcement does its job. Because what happened with Rayshard Brooks was a function of excessive force and the … fact that either they were embarrassed or panicked led them to murder a man who they knew only had a Taser in his hand.”
Embarrassed? About what? Panicked? Panicked that they or someone else could lose their life at the hand of a drunk? That is very possible. As officer Tatum explained, this wasn’t excessive force, it was deadly, but not excessive and it was justified.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director, Vic Reynolds, is asking the public for patience and encouraging people not to rush judgment. Rudy Giuliani posted this tweet on Sunday morning:
Reynolds and Giuliani are correct. Let’s wait until all the information comes out before we paint Brooks as a martyr and Rolfe as a murderer. This is not the same case as George Floyd, who was wrongly killed, but the video evidence here proves that Brooks was a threat to the officers. Rolfe responded as he should have and saved the lives of others as well as his own.