A Wendy’s drive thru on the south side of Atlanta, Georgia has played host to some dramatic scenes over the course of the last few weeks, after the death of Rayshard Brooks at the hands of local law enforcement.
Brooks was involved in a tussle with police at the location after being found asleep in his car. The young man then failed a field sobriety test, wrestled with officers on scene, and eventually commandeered one of their tasers. Brooks was seen to fire the device in the direction of the officers before being shot dead.
This sparked a controversial protest at the restaurant which ended in an arson that completely destroyed the building. Since that time, protesters have essentially occupied the Wendy’s property, and the situation there deteriorated to the point in which a young girl was shot and killed by stray gunfire.
The development had Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms furious.
After a night of a dozen shootings, including one in which an 8-year-old girl was killed, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Sunday said protesters could no longer occupy the Wendy’s where a police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last month.
The girl, identified by police as Secoriea Turner, was killed not far from the scene where Brooks was shot on June 12, Atlanta’s Fox 5 reported, citing police.
Police said Turner was riding in a car with her mother and another adult when a group fired multiple times at the vehicle, hitting the girl.
Bottoms’ language was stern.
“Now we are demanding action for Secoriea Turner, and all other people who were shot in Atlanta last night,” Bottoms said during a Sunday-night news conference. “Enough is enough. If you want people to take us seriously and you don’t want us to lose this movement, we can’t lose each other.”
“At the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended,” Bottoms said, in announcing that the city will no longer negotiate with protesters and will clear the area.
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