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USA: Memorial Service for Rayshard Brooks, Who Was Fatally Shot by Police, Held in Atlanta

A hearse carrying Rayshard Brooks’ casket was filmed arriving at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, on Monday, where a memorial was held in his honour.

Dozens of relatives and friends waited outside the church, as the hearse arrived, carrying the remains of the 27-year old victim of a police shooting.

Brooks was reportedly found asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-through on Friday. According to authorities, Brooks failed a sobriety test, a struggle broke out and he took one of the officer’s tasers before running away.

Brooks’ autopsy revealed he was shot twice in the back and died from organ injuries and blood loss.

Atlanta’s police chief Erika Shields resigned in the wake of the shooting, while the officer alleged to have shot Brooks, Garret Rolfe, was fired, and the other officer at the scene, Devin Bronsan, has been assigned administrative duties.

On June 13, dozens of protesters gathered near Wendy’s where the shooting happened, blocking the highway and setting the building on fire as tensions remain high between police and protesters since George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis.

Anti-racism demonstrations have been taking place across the world following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

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