John Brooks is a former Hamilton Police Department officer in Hamilton, Georgia, United States. In June 2020, he patrolled a Black Lives Matter protest in Hamilton with then Hamilton Police Department chief Gene Allmond.
Hours before the protest, Brooks and Allmond used the N-word while discussing the mistreatment of African-Americans. They talked about Rayshard Brooks, the African-American man who was fatally shot by Atlanta Police Department officer Garrett Rolfe on June 12, 2020.
While Rolfe was trying to arrest Rayshard that day, the arrestee stole the cop’s colleague Devin Bronsan’s taser and pointed it at them. That was when Rolfe decided to shoot Rayshard.
While talking about the shooting of Rayshard, John and Allmond mentioned 60th Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, 51, and Stacey Abrams, 47, the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017. Both women are African-American.
John said Bottoms had already fired Rolfe without a hearing. The mayor was “pushing real hard” and she was the front runner to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential candidate, John said.
“You’re kiddin’!” Allmond commented. John continued, “Because… if I had to f**k a n****r, I’d rather f**k the mayor than Stacey Abrams.”
On January 25, 2021, a body cam footage of the conversation was discovered by a part-time city employee, who brought it to the attention of Hamilton mayor Julie Brown‘s assistant Buddy Walker. Immediately, Walker informed Brown, the Hamilton City Council and Hamilton city attorney Ron Iddins about it.
“The guy’s running,” John said of Rayshard in the video obtained by WTVM. “He’s got the taser in his hand and you see him and he turns and you see him fire the taser at the officer?”
Apparently, John believed that Rolfe’s decision to shoot Rayshard was not wrong. John explained, “What if one of them projectiles woulda struck him in the eye?”
The act of Rayshard “firing that taser at an officer is an aggravated assault because he has not been trained in the proper use,” John said. He added, “If I go to tase somebody, I know to shoot low. I know what to do.”
“He doesn’t know,” John said of Rayshard, to which Allmond agreed. Allmond resigned and John was fired on January 25, 2021.