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Rayshard Brooks' widow Tomika Miller (D) holds one of her daughters as his family and their lawyers speaks to media in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday. Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Rayshard Brooks' family called on Monday for justice and an overhaul of policing policies during a news conference on the Atlanta black man's fatal shooting by a white police officer in the city last week.

  • Hours later, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms pledged to sign administrative orders reforming the police, including requiring uses of deadly force to be reported to the citizen’s review board.

What they're saying: Tomika Miller, Brooks' widow, urged protesters to remain peaceful and outlined how she felt her husband had been stereotyped because of his appearance and the impact of the shooting. "I'm scared every day my children go out, my family members go out, because I don’t know they are going to come home," she said.

  • His cousin Tiara Brooks said, "The trust that we have with the police force is broken and the only way to heal some of these wounds is through a conviction and a drastic change of the police department."

What’s happening: Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched a review into Brooks' shooting in a Wendy's parking lot on Friday. An autopsy lists his manner of death as homicide. This means it was determined that the death was caused by the actions of another person. It's up to law enforcement to decide what charges to bring, according to the Medical Examiner's Office, which notes not all homicides are murders.

  • Garrett Rolfe, the officer who fatally shot Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot on Friday, was fired and Devin Bronsan, an officer who was present during the incident, was placed on active duty.
  • Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told CNN on Sunday authorities were weighing possible charges of murder, felony murder or aggravated assault over Brooks' shooting, with a decision expected by Wednesday.

The big picture: Brooks' death occurred amid a wave of Black Lives Matter protests calling for changes to policing following the May 25 death of George Floyd, another black man shot by a police in Minneapolis.

Go deeper: Atlanta officer fired, chief resigns, Wendy's torched after fatal shooting

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Updated Sep 24, 2020 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protests erupt across U.S. after Breonna Taylor decision

Protesters rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sept. 23 after the grand jury decision. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of protesters rallied into the night across the U.S. in response to a grand jury's decision not to charge the three Louisville, Kentucky, police officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor with murder or manslaughter.

Why it matters: The decision to indict only former officer Brett Hankison for wanton endangerment for firing shots into neighboring apartments, rather than on charges directly related to Taylor's death has triggered huge nationwide protests against racism and police brutality on a scale not seen since summer demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.

Louisville declares state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency Tuesday "due to the potential for civil unrest" ahead of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

Biden: Breonna Taylor indictment "does not answer" call for justice

Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday addressed the grand jury decision not to charge the officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor, saying in a statement that the decision "does not answer" the call for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."