Updated Jun 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Atlanta police officer fired after fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks

Demonstrators set on fire a restaurant during the protest after an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, 27, at a Wendy's fast food restaurant drive-thy night in Atlanta

The Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot is set ablaze during a protest over his death on Saturday night. Photo by Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Atlanta Police have terminated the employment of the white officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, as the restaurant where the black man died was set ablaze during a protest Saturday night, per the Washington Post.

Driving the news: The death of Brooks triggered a wave of unrest in Atlanta on Saturday night, with the Wendy's restaurant where 27-year-old died the previous evening set ablaze during a demonstration as protesters blocked traffic on a highway close by, AP reports.

Details: Atlanta Police Spokesman Carlos Campos said early Sunday that Garrett Rolfe had been with the police department for seven years before he was fired, WSB-TV Atlanta reports. Another officer who was present during Brooks' shooting, Devin Bronsan, was placed on administrative duty, AP notes.

The big picture: The action against the officers came hours after Atlanta Police Chief Police Erika Shields tendered her resignation following the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announcement Friday that it had launched a review into Brooks' shooting.

  • A lawyer for the Brooks family disputed during a news conference Saturday night the official account that the shooting happened after Brooks failed a sobriety test, saying witnesses his team had spoken with did not see this.
Wendy's on fire
Photo; Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Wendy's on fire
Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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