On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for police reform after killing of Rayshard Brooks aimed at dramatically changing how the police department can use force.
Mayor pushes for reform after killing of Rayshard Brooks: On Friday night, June 12, at 10:30 p.m, the Atlanta Police Department responded to a complaint that an African-American man had fallen asleep in his car and blocked Wendy’s drive-through.
The tragic event
The first officer to arrive at the scene was Devin Brosnan, who woke up 27-year-old Rashard Brooks and told him to pull over. During a relatively long conversation between the police and the subject, Mr Brooks was asked to take a leisurely examination. It revealed blood-alcohol counts that were too high to drive.
The second officer, Garrett Rolfe, came to help because Brooks was handcuffed. Brooks fought back. After being overtaken by both officers, Brosnan drew up a Taser, and it was taken by a taser, which Mr Brooks grabbed. He punched the roll and started running.
In response to Brosnan’s Taser, Mr Rolfe tried to taste Brooks. The confrontation escalated when Roffle used his handgun to shoot Brooks on his back.
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The medical examiner ruled the event a homicide.
Reform after killing of Rayshard, change is about to come
The killing has further provoked frustration by police brutality against African-Americans. On Monday, Atlanta Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a series of changes aimed at dramatically changing how the police department can use force.
Expansion methods will now be required before an officer seeks dangerous power. Officers will now be “restricted to duty” when they see another officer use unnecessary force.
Under the new rules, Atlanta police officers will only be allowed to use “objectively reasonable force” to protect themselves and others.
Police Union responds
Vincent Champion, Southeastern Regional Director of International Police Officials, objected to Ms Bottoms’ decision to label Brooks a homicide, though she said the mayor’s plans did not deviate from the existing policies.
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A panoramic view
Many observers believe the move should have been a health check rather than an arrest. They argue that instead of meddling in social issues such as public drinking, traffic and parking issues and domestic incidents, the police should reverse the expanded role of police in our civil society and limit itself to actual criminal activity.