Atlanta police chief steps down after fatal officer involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms has spoken out following Friday night’s fatal officer involved shooting, which resulted in the death of Rayshard Brooks.

On Saturday, Bottoms condemned surveillance footage of the officer’s use of force during the incident. She called for the officer involved to be fired from their role.

“While there may be debate as to whether this was an appropriate use of deadly force, I firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do,” she said. “I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer.”

Bottoms confirmed a second officer involved in the shooting is now on administrative duty.

Authorities claimed Brooks struggled with officers after he failed a field sobriety test, grabbed the officer’s Taser and reportedly attempted to run away.

A police officer shot Brooks as he attempted to avoid arrest, a move many believe was a use of excessive force. Critics argued he could have been apprehended in a non-lethal way instead.

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields attends a news conference in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The incident came amid nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd, which sparked large protests against police brutality and racism this month.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down from her position following Brooks’ death. Deputy Chief Bryant will serve as interim police chief for the time being.

“It is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” she said.

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