Erika Shields a police chief in Atlanta quits job over shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Erika Shields a police chief in Atlanta quits job over shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Erika Shields a police chief in Atlanta quits job over shooting of Rayshard Brooks
Erika Shields a police chief in Atlanta has quited his job over shooting of Rayshard Brooks.  Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot by a police officer during a struggle on Friday, authorities say. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Erika Shields handed in her resignation on Saturday. Protesters in Atlanta took to the streets this weekend calling for action following Mr Brooks' death. People across the US have already been protesting over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in police custody.

Erika Shields had served as police chief since December 2016 and had worked in the Atlanta police department for more than 20 years. She will continue with the department in another role, Mayor Bottoms said."Because of her desire that Atlanta be a model of what meaningful reform should look like across this country Chief Shields has offered to immediately step aside as Police Chief so that the city may move forward with urgency and rebuilding the trust so desperately needed throughout our communities," Mayor Bottoms said in a statement.Mayor Bottoms has also called for the termination of the officer involved in Brooks' death.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is probing the death of Brooks, 27, and is looking at video taken by an eyewitness. It says police had been called to the restaurant because Mr Brooks had fallen asleep in his car, which was blocking the drive-through lane.According to police, Mr Brooks resisted arrest after he failed a breathalyzer test.
In the video, he can be seen on the ground outside a Wendy's restaurant, struggling with two police officers. He grabs an officer's Taser and breaks free from the officers, running away. The other officer then manages to use a Taser on Brooks and both officers then run out of the frame of the video.Gun shots can then be heard and Brooks is seen on the ground.He was taken to hospital but later died. One of the officers was treated for an injury from the incident.The Fulton County District Attorney's Office is conducting a separate investigation into the incident, it said in a statement.

A number of protesters gathered outside the Wendy's on Friday, according to the New York Times.Protests then began again in the centre of Atlanta on Saturday. Images from the protest show demonstrators holding signs with Brooks' name and Black Lives Matter signs.People in Atlanta had already been protesting following the death of George Floyd. He died on 25 May after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes. The officer has been sacked and charged with second-degree murder.