Live from Atlanta, Georgia:
(CD) — Demands for accountability and sweeping reforms mounted Saturday after Atlanta police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, Friday night amid a wave of global protests against police violence and systemic racism sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month.
In a message to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday, the Georgia NAACP tweeted that the city’s police department “needs a serious overhaul. The continuation of these kinds of actions require immediate resolution. Instead of seeing an improvement, it continues to happen day after day.”
The Georgia NAACP said the Atlanta Police Department (APD) “has had a culture of excessive use of force” and called for Police Chief Erika Shields to be “relieved immediately.” The group also demanded the release of “body cam footage and all surveillance video from surrounding buildings” to shed light on Brooks’ killing.
Bottoms announced during a Saturday afternoon news conference that Shields offered her resignation, which she accepted. The mayor also said that she does “not believe this was a justified use of deadly force” and she has “called for the immediate termination of the officer” who shot Brooks.
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