Atl Rayshard Brooks Protestors Demand More Resignations

Amanda Cooper
June 14, 2020 - 10:31 pm

After a Saturday night of chaos and destruction in southwest Atlanta, protestors lined the streets throughout the city in unison chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice No Peace.” Sunday marked Day 17 of peaceful protesting, and hundreds once gathered in front of the Atlanta City Detention Center for a peaceful protest where they called for more resignations of city officials and criminal justice reform in the state of Georgia. 

Their demands come after the death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, a black man who was shot and killed after police tried to arrest him for falling asleep in his car while waiting in the drive-through line at Wendy’s. Many were outraged after the Georgia of Bureau of Investigations released the bodycam footage, which shows Brooks grabbing the taser gun from the officers, running and then shooting the taser at the officers, which resulted in the officer grabbing his service weapon and firing several shots at Brooks.

Attorney and Activist Gerald Griggs, who is also the Atlanta Chapter NAACP Vice President, was one of the organizers of the protest. Along with Griggs, prominent businessman Dennis McKinley, Attorney Christina Gayle, and City of Atlanta Councilman Antonio Brown were featured speakers, and each inspired and informed the crowd about their Miranda rights. They also called on everyone to vote and hold elected officials accountable for passing legislation that protects black lives against systemic racism.