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Atlanta Police Kill Another Black Man, Rayshard Brooks, in Wendy’s Parking Lot

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Update 6/13/20 6:00 PM EST:

You can view a special report below from Black News Alerts and continue reading for copies of released statements and footage.

  • Multiple statements from city officials have been released regarding the death of Rayshard Brooks.
    • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has accepted the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields and called for the immediate termination of the officer who shot and killed Brooks.

  • The termination has been called for by many officials and protesters of the officer who shot Brooks while the other officer involved has been placed on administrative duty.
  • Rodney Bryant will serve as the interim police chief as a nationwide search begins for new leadership.
  • We have also found a previous video of Brooks uploaded just weeks ago as he discusses policing and criminal justice practices and reforms.

Original Story published 6/13/20 12:20 PM EST:

Another officer-involved shooting occurred overnight in Atlanta, Georgia resulting in the death of Rayshard Brooks.

What We Know:

  • Rayshard Brooks, 27, is said to have allegedly fallen asleep in a Wendy’s drive-thru on University Avenue in Atlanta prompting the police to be contacted.
  • Police arrived on the scene and, at this point, the stories from eyewitnesses and authorities diverge:
    • The authorities state a sobriety test was conducted and Brooks failed the test.  They attempted to detain Brooks and a struggle over a taser ensued resulting in one of the officers to shoot him.  This resulted in Brooks being taken to the hospital and dying after surgery while an officer was also taken to the hospital, treated for injuries and then released.
    • Video and eyewitnesses stories allege the officers spoke with Brooks for about 20 minutes, he was not combative until the taser was pulled on him. He was then shot three times in the back as he was running away from the officers.  It is also believed he died at the scene and the ambulance taking him was “performative” in nature.
  • Video of the aftermath includes an account stating Brooks was in the passenger seat of the car that his wife was driving and witnesses are unclear why the interaction occurred at all if this is the case.
  • The GBI is currently investigating the incident and will then hand off the case to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office for review. This is the 48th officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated this year.
  • The two officers involved in the shooting have not yet been identified yet.
  • Atlanta PD has recently been under fire for the handling of protests and the assault of two Atlanta college students.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

WARNING: Shots can be heard in the below tweet. Please be mindful of this before watching.

https://twitter.com/theangiestanton/status/1271800612489965568

*Correction: In the original publishing of this article the officers were stated to have been removed from duty.  This has been corrected in the update posted at 6:30 PM EST.

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Tiffanie Lanelle is a Managing Editor at Urban Newsroom, writer, social and criminal justice advocate, and in executive management at UnmutedCo. As a graduate of Spelman College, she's passionate about the growth and development of the black community, black women and black people.

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Man Arrested After Shooting At Gilroy Cops During Pursuit

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A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he led Gilroy police officers on a high-speed pursuit.

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  • The chase occurred around 9 p.m after police attempted to stop a man named Joshua Munoz. According to authorities, Munoz had warrants out for his arrest and was wanted for outstanding felony and misdemeanor charges.
  • Munoz was charged with possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, child endangerment, brandishing a weapon, burglary, and violating probation. Munoz was pursued by officers onto Highway 101 where he allegedly opened fire. Reportedly, he held a pistol out of the driver’s side window and fired a round at officers. Nobody was injured during the incident.
  • The pursuit reached Monterey County and then the California Highway Patrol took over the chase. Munoz eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Afterward, Munoz attempted to flee, but officers managed to capture him.
  • Police recovered a handgun and rifle on the scene. Munoz was later booked into Santa Clara County jail. In addition to previous warrants, Munoz has also been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, felony evasion, felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest.

Police are still investigating and are asking anyone with additional information to contact detectives at 408-046-0335 or the anonymous tip line at 408-846-0330.

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Teen Couple Joked About Dad’s Killing in New Video Evidence

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A 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend allegedly stabbed her father to death in April.

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  • The couple allegedly made vlogs about the crime in the aftermath of the incident. The videos are being used as evidence in the case and have been presented to a Nevada grand jury this week. The videos were recorded with the intent to post them online but were never posted.
  • Aaron Guerrero and Sierra Halseth are charged with murdering Daniel Halseth, Sierra’s father. The couple then burned down the Halseth’s home, which incinerated Daniel’s corpse. In the video, Guerrero can be quoted as saying, “It was worth it.”
  • Sierra and Aaron both face counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Other charges include murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree arson, fraudulent use of credit cards, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery with a deadly weapon. The couple was caught on surveillance footage from Home Depot and WinCo purchasing the supplies needed to start a fire.
  • According to CBS 8, the couple’s credit card and debit card receipts match the purchases. Authorities revealed that the couple had been dating for seven months before their parents agreed they shouldn’t date. After the incident, the couple fled to Salt Lake City. The pair was arrested in Utah, and a bloody rug was found in the teenager’s trunk.

The couple was extradited to Clark County, Nevada, and denied bail.

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Dallas Boy Faces New Murder Charge

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A Dallas man initially accused of kidnapping four year old Cash Gernon is now being charged with capital murder.

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  • An 18-year-old from Dallas allegedly kidnapped a sleeping Gernon from his bed last month. He is now being charged with capital murder after the toddler was found stabbed to death a few blocks away. Darriynn Brown’s charges have been upgraded on Wednesday night. This is after new evidence has been found linking him to the murder.
  • Dallas police say “evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking” Brown to the young boy. Authorities have not specified what DNA evidence they have. Police did not immediately identify Brown as the suspect. Brown was identified later on via surveillance footage taking Gernon from his bed around 5 a.m.
  • Two hours after the incident, a jogger came across Gernon’s dead body lying in the street with multiple stab wounds. At the time, Cash and his twin brother Carter were staying with their father’s girlfriend, Monica Sherrod. Their father allegedly skipped town to outrun drug charges. Carter is now in the custody of his mother, Melina Seagroves.
  • Police allege that Brown knew Sherrod and her teenage son, but their exact relationship is unclear. Before the DNA was returned, Brown was already facing kidnapping and burglary charges. In February, Brown walked into another Dallas home attempting to snatch a two year old girl but was stopped by her grandfather. Brown attacked the man and fled the scene without the girl.

Brown was charged with burglary and injury to an elderly person in that incident.

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