Saturday, June 13th, 2020
“They’re smashing the windows at the Wendy’s right now.” —WXIA’s Jeff Hullinger reading a tweet from an AJC reporter.
At 10:33 pm Friday, there was an officer-involved shooting, where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot when police were called by a Wendy’s just south of downtown asking for help clearing their drive-thru lane of Mr. Brooks.
There was tasering. Mr. Brooks threw a punch. The officers killed him. Some of this was caught on video. I’ll assume you can go find some real reporting.
And now, roughly 24 hours later, protestors have shut down Interstate 75/85, a few hundred feet from the Wendy’s, and at this moment, the police have not responded with more force, yet the television anchors commenting seem to consider that inevitable. Isn’t that part of the problem?
This section of I-75/85 is fourteen lanes across at that exit. It’s a protest point that will get some sort of attention.
Atlanta’s police chief Erika Shields has resigned over this incident. The mayor has said that the shooter should be fired.
Oh, man. So much work to do.