Rayshard Brooks: Footage released as US cop shoots and kills black man ‘fleeing arrest’

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Footage has emerged showing the horrific moment a black man was fatally shot by US police after allegedly resisting arrest.

Rayshard Brooks, 27, died in hospital on Friday night after allegedly failing a sobriety test at a Wendy’s drive-thru in the US state of Georgia, having fallen asleep in his car outside.

The fatal shooting led to Atlanta’s police chief, Erika Shields, resigning on Saturday as US tensions following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd remain high.

The video, released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), shows Mr Brooks on the ground outside his car, struggling with two officers.

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Taken from a nearby car, it then appears to show Mr Brooks grabbing a Taser gun from one of the officers, who was using the device on his leg.

After a few seconds, he breaks free from the officers and begins to run.

One officer then uses a Taser on him, before the pair then run out of the frame of the video.

Gun shots are heard along with someone yelling “I got him!”

The video, which the GBI says it is now using to investigate the incident, then shows Mr Brooks lying prone on the ground.

He was taken to a hospital where he died during surgery.

Authorities have not yet released the names of the two officers, who were both white.

The city’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, said: “I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer.”

The incident has sparked further protests in the streets of Atlanta, including a gathering of dozens of people in the same spot where Mr Brooks was shot.

The killing of Mr Brooks came after weeks of intense racial equality protests across the United States following the death of Mr Floyd.

The 46-year-old was killed in Minneapolis police custody when an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr., told Reuters news agency that his office “has already launched an intense, independent investigation of the incident” while it awaits the GBI’s findings.

GBI director Vic Reynolds added in a news conference that video from inside Wendy’s appears to show that Mr Brooks had one of the officer’s Tasers in his hand when he fled.

“At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down,” Reynolds said.

Atlanta police did not respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

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