ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10/ CNN) — The Atlanta Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by a police officer last month was demolished Tuesday.
Demolition of the charred remains of the restaurant started Tuesday morning. The site became a focal point of protests in the weeks after the 27-year-old Brooks was killed.
By evening, the building was a pile of rubble.
The June 12 shooting occurred as protests unfolded across the country against police violence against Black people. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down in the wake of the killing.
Video footage from that night showed Brooks being handcuffed in the Wendy’s parking lot, then grabbing an officer’s Taser and running away. Brooks pointed the Taser over his shoulder at an officer who shot him several times. An autopsy showed Brooks was shot twice in the back.
The next night, June 13, the restaurant was set on fire while crowds of protesters watched.
The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, was fired. He was charged with felony murder as well as five counts of aggravated assault, four counts of violation of oath of office and one count of criminal damage to property. He was released on $500,000 earlier this month.
Another officer, Devin Brosnan, faces an aggravated assault charge for allegedly standing on the prostrate Brooks’ shoulders in the parking lot — which he denies. He was released on his own recognizance.
Three people have been charged with first-degree arson in connection with the fire, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue.
Atlanta Fire Investigators, with assistance of law enforcement agencies, arrested two additional suspects overnight in connection with the Wendy’s fire. Mr. Chisom Kingston, 23, and John Wade, 33 are charged with 1st Degree Arson and have been booked into the Fulton Co. Jail. pic.twitter.com/2lU0ulZXFk
— Atlanta Fire Rescue (@ATLFireRescue) July 2, 2020
Protesters took over the restaurant and the area around it after Brooks’ death, WSB-TV reported. Police cleared out the area after the fatal shooting of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner on July 4 across the street from the Wendy’s.
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