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Candace Owens: Rayshard Brooks was justifiably fired on

While Black Lives Matter protesters are seeking justice for Rayshard Brooks, Blexit founder Candace Owens is defending the Atlanta Police Department officer who fatally shot him. She took to Twitter on June 14, 2020 to explain this.

On June 12, 2020, Brooks resisted when he was being arrested by APD officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Bronsan. It was Rolfe who fired at Brooks, which caused the death of the latter.

Brooks was 27 years old when he was pronounced dead in Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Based on the autopsy performed by the office of the medical examiner of Fulton County, Georgia, United States on June 14, 2020, the cause of his death was gunshot wounds to the back while the manner of death was listed as homicide.

 

In the evening of the eighth birthday of Brooks’ eldest daughter, he was found intoxicated and asleep inside his car. The vehicle was in the drive-through of the Wendy’s fast-food restaurant at 125 University Avenue in Peoplestown, Atlanta.

Blocked by Brooks’ car, other customers at the drive-through had to drive around it to pick up their orders. It was reported to the APD and it was Rolfe and Bronsan who were dispatched to the restaurant.

Initially, Brooks cooperated with Rolfe and Bronsan but when Rolfe tried to arrest Rolfe, the latter resisted and the three ended up grappling on the ground. After stealing Bronsan’s Taser, Brooks pointed the stun gun at the cops but before he could flee, Rolfe fired his gun at him.

 

 

On June 13, 2020, Atlanta’s police chief Erika Shields resigned and protesters set fire to the Wendy’s restaurant where Rolfe fatally shot Brooks. Rolfe was fired while Brosnan was placed on administrative duty.

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

For Owens, it is Bottoms who needs to resign. The Blexit founder believes that Shields should be reinstated.

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