Rayshard Brooks’ family to receive $1 million settlement from Atlanta City Council

The Atlanta City Council has approved a million dollar settlement in favor of the widow of Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old black man who was fatally shot by Atlanta police in a Wendy’s parking lot in 2020.

Why is this important: Brooks’ fatal shooting sparked protests and fueled awareness and activism about police treatment of black people and systemic racism.

Catch up fast: On June 12, 2020, Atlanta police officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan were called to a Wendy’s in Peoplestown where Brooks had fallen asleep while sitting in a line. Rolfe and Brosnan are white.

  • When officers attempted to arrest Brooks for driving under the influence, a fight ensued, ending with Brooks firing a taser at the officers and Rolfe shooting him twice in the back.

Details: Under a resolution approved Monday afternoon, the city would pay $1 million to settle claims filed by Tomika Miller, Brooks’ widow, his estate and attorneys involved in the case.

Consequences: Shortly after the shooting, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and Rolfe was fired. Rolfe was reinstated in 2021.

  • In August, Pete Skandalakis, a special prosecutor handling the case, dropped criminal charges against Rolfe and Brosnan.
  • Federal lawsuits by Rolfe and Brosnan against former district attorney Paul Howard, former mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and others are ongoing.

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