Unarmed black man shot dead by Atlanta cops in Wendy’s drive-thru

An unarmed black man was shot and killed by an Atlanta cop Friday night after falling asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru, according to Georgia officials.

Atlanta police say that the victim, Rayshard Brooks, 27, of Atlanta, had resisted arrest and grabbed the cop’s Taser after he failed a field sobriety test.

But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting at the Atlanta Police Department’s request, the agency said in a press release on Saturday.

Witness video of the shooting is under reveiw, the GBI said on Twitter.

Investigators have so far released this narrative of the shooting, which comes amid international protests of police brutality and racism spurred by a recent spate of deaths of unarmed black suspects, most recently George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Atlanta Police responded to a call from the Wendy’s at 10:33 p.m. Friday after a complaint of a male who was asleep in a vehicle in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-thru.

The vehicle was blocking those of other customers, who had to drive around him, the GBI said.

Arriving cops gave the man in the car, Brooks, a field sobriety test.

“After failing the test, the officers attempted to place the male subject into custody,” the GBI said in its press release.

“During the arrest, the male subject resisted and a struggle ensued.

“The officer deployed a Taser. Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser.”

The cop, whose name was not released, shot Brooks during the struggle over the Taser, the GBI said.

“The GBI will continue its independent investigation,” the agency’s press release said.

“Once completed, the case will be turned over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for review.”

The agency tweeted that some witnesses at the scene chose not to be identified by GBI agents. “We are encouraging any witnesses to contact 1-800-597-TIPS,” the GBI tweeted.

“Have we learned absolutely nothing? NOTHING?” one Twitter user, @J264B, responded. “In what world should deadly force ever be used in this situation?”

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