Protesters were sent scrambling as police fired tear gas canisters into a crowd of protesters.
Rayshard Brooks’ widow Tomika Miller and other family members addressed the media Monday along with her family attorneys in an emotional press conference.
“We must all agree on one fact – he was killed by the Atlanta Police Department,” Brooks’ cousin, Tiara Brooks, said. “The trust that we have with the police force is broken. The only way to heal some of these wounds is through a conviction and drastic change in the police department.”
Brooks was fatally shot by police in Atlanta on Friday night outside of a Wendy’s after police responded to a call about him being asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide Sunday night, caused by two shots to the back.
Nineteen officers of the Atlanta Police Department have stepped down after the shooting of Brooks. In Minneapolis, at least seven police officers have resigned since the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day.
And in Kentucky, no-knock warrants such as the one used when police in Louisville crashed into Breonna Taylor’s apartment may be passing into history. The city has already banned them, a state lawmaker says she will offer a bill this week banning them statewide, and U.S. Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky, is pressing for a nationwide ban.
A closer look at some recent developments:
- Tomika Miller, while fighting back tears in a press conference in Atlanta, said: “There’s no justice that can ever make me feel happy about what has been done.”
- As protests continue in Minneapolis, some police officers have quit while others are resigning, citing a lack of support from department and city leaders.
- Media reports indicate Trump is expected to sign an executive order on policing on Tuesday.
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‘We’re still in the same position’: Protesters call for change in Atlanta
Peaceful protesters marched through an impoverished neighborhood in southwest Atlanta on Monday night, largely avoiding contact with police. The demonstrators marched several miles along Cleveland Avenue, blocking traffic for about 90 minutes.
Police kept their distance, blocking off entry to Interstate 75 but otherwise diverting traffic and clearing the roads for protesters. At one point, protesters backtracked and blocked a bus from the city’s corrections department. But several protesters urged everyone to remain peaceful.
One of the marchers, Takeya McCarthy of Atlanta, said the protests in recent weeks have been necessary. “People have been protesting and expressing their disdain for a very long time… and we’re still in the same position. Nothing has changed.”
Antwann Hurst, 23, brought his 3-year-old son and said it’s time for African Americans to have equal rights. “The mayor has got to do a better job of standing up for her people. She’s got to understand that she’s our mayor. We elected her.”
Earlier in the day, protesters at Atlanta’s City Hall linked arms to prevent Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms from leaving in a black SUV. But the protests ended quickly when it began raining.
– David Heath
Man shot at tense New Mexico protest; Albuquerque creates civilian division
One man was shot at an Albuquerque protest on Monday night following a tense clash between protesters and heavily armed New Mexico Civil Guard members, who were trying to protect a statue of conquistador Juan de Oñate.
The injured man was transported to a local hospital, where he is in “critical, but stable condition,” officials said. Police also said in a statement that the suspected shooter was “disarmed and taken into custody for questioning.”
The shooting happened hours after Mayor Tim Keller announced the creation of a division made up of social workers, housing and homelessness specialists and violence prevention coordinators that will be deployed instead of police in calls about inebriation, homelessness, addiction and mental health.
“We’ve placed more and more issues on the plates of officers who are not trained — despite their best efforts and despite some training — they’re not totally trained to be a social worker, or to be an addiction counselor, or to deal with things around child abuse when they’re just answering a call,” Keller said in his Twitter announcement. “We should have trained professionals do this, instead of folks with a gun and a badge.”
19 Atlanta officers resign as morale plummets after Rayshard Brooks shooting
Nineteen Atlanta Police officers have resigned in the last week amid unrest in the city following the tasing of two college students by APD officers, and most recently the killing of Rayshard Brooks.
Police Chief Erika Shields also stepped down after the shooting of Brooks, whom police found sleeping in his car Friday night at a Wendy’s drive-thru, prompting other customers in line to drive around his car.
Prior to the announcement of the resignations, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced reforms to the police department by limiting the use of force through executive orders.
“The morale is bad right now,” the mayor said, according to Fox 5 in Atlanta. “My understanding is it is really bad.”
Hanging death of Robert Fuller ‘under investigation,’ coroner says
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will defer making a determination on the cause of Robert Fuller’s death pending further investigation after the 24-year-old Black man was found hanging from a tree in the city of Palmdale, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.
Officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have been notified and will keep tabs on their investigation into the death of Fuller, whose body was discovered last week near Palmdale City Hall.
Investigators initially suspected Fuller’s death was a suicide because there was no sign of foul play, but Dr. Jonathan Lucas of the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner office said Monday that an “official” determination had not been entered on Fuller’s death certificate.
– Colin Atagi, Desert Sun
Brooks’ widow Tomika Miller: ‘Long time before this family heals’
While speaking at a press conference alongside several other family members and family attorney L. Chris Stewart, Tomika Miller, Brooks’ widow, fought back tears and thanked the Atlanta community for an outpouring of support over the weekend.
“There’s no justice that can ever make me feel happy about what has been done,” Miller said. “I can never get my husband back. I can never get my best friend. I can never tell my daughter: ‘Oh, he’s coming to take you skating,’ or for swimming lessons. It’s just going to be a long time before I heal. It’s going to be a long time before this family heals.”
Miller asked protesters to remain peaceful during demonstrations “because we want to keep his name positive and great.”
Stewart said that another customer who was at the Wendy’s drive-thru sent him an image of a stray bullet hole that struck the customer’s car when the Atlanta police officer fired at Brooks.
“There could have been more casualties,” Stewart said. “That’s what happens when you fire in a crowded parking lot.”
Stewart also thanked actor and comedian Tyler Perry for his offer to pay for Brooks’ funeral services.
Deaths of Black trans women Riah Milton, Dominique Fells spur protests
Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells were both were found dead last week – their deaths the latest in what advocacy groups have called an epidemic facing transgender people, especially Black trans women. Calls for attention to their lives on social media in recent days quickly grew into protests this weekend, a time typically marked by joyful celebrations of LGBTQ Pride.
On Sunday, thousands stood outside the Brooklyn Museum in New York, largely wearing white and spreading the message Black Trans Lives Matter. More attended the Drag March for Change in Chicago, according to ABC7. Others knelt in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, reported ABC4.
– Cara Kelly, USA TODAY
2nd man charged in death of retired St. Louis police captain
A second man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of retired St. Louis police Capt. David Dorn during a pawn shop break-in that followed a night of violent protests.
Mark Jackson, 22, of St. Louis, was charged with second-degree murder, robbery, burglary, stealing and three counts of armed criminal action. The charges were filed Thursday but confirmed Monday by Allison Hawk, a spokeswoman for Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.
Stephan Cannon, 24, the suspected shooter, was earlier charged with first-degree murder, robbery and other crimes. Both men are jailed without bond. Jackson does not have a listed attorney.
Report: Trump to sign executive order to better track excessive uses of force
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that would create a certification system and database to nationally track excessive uses of force by police, according to CNN and PBS.
Also in the order is expected a statement that acknowledges some police departments have misused their authority and have created distrust from specific communities, and a directive to the secretary of Health and Human Services that encourages police departments to incorporate suggestions from mental health experts.
Breonna Taylor’s legacy could be an end to no-knock warrants
Louisville’s ban on no-knock search warrants, the kind used in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, may be the start of something bigger. State Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, said she expects to prefile within the next week a bill to ban no-knock warrants in Kentucky. And U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has already said is filing a bill he’s calling the “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act” that effectively would end no-knock warrants in the U.S.
Police investigating a drug case obtained a warrant with a no-knock provision for Taylor’s apartment, though officials have said that officers knocked before crashing through the door. Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker has said he did not hear anyone announce that they were police, and fired at what he thought were intruders. Taylor was killed in the ensuing gunfight. No drugs were found.
– Matt Mencarini, Louisville Courier Journal
Tulsa police said that the incident is under investigation.
Mom of Black teen stopped for jaywalking in Tulsa: ‘It’s nonsense”
The mother of one of two Black teens involved in a confrontation with Tulsa police officers who accused them of jaywalking said the boys were walking down a back road where there was no sidewalk. Police have released footage of the June 4 incident on Facebook, saying the officers were members of a special Gang Unit and that the “stop occurred just outside of a complex in which there is a documented increase in criminal activity.” One teen was released, the other struggled with the officers and was arrested. An investigation of the stop is underway.
“It’s nonsense,” Tawanna Adkins told CNN, who said the boys were visiting a relative. “They weren’t jaywalking.”
A Michigan case similar to Floyd’s death may reopen six years later
Six years after his death, the family of McKenzie Cochran — a Ferndale, Michigan, man who died when security officers pinned him to the floor at a mall — may get the justice they have long been seeking in the wake of the George Floyd protests. Like Floyd, Cochran died at the hands of white security officers who held him face down on a mall floor, including one who said: “If you can talk, you can breathe.”
Cochran died that day. The autopsy said the cause was compression asphyxiation. No charges were filed, his death ruled an accident. On Friday, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper, facing mounting pressure from protesters amid a thundering Black Lives Matter movement, asked the state Attorney General’s Office to review the case.
– Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press
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