Rayshard Brooks' Death Ruled A Homicide

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Rayshard Brooks' Death Ruled A Homicide
The Fulton County medical examiner said two shots to Brooks' back caused organ injuries and blood loss, resulting in his death.
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A medical examiner has declared the death of Rayshard Brooks a homicide, and prosecutors are considering criminal charges. 

Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Atlanta police on Friday evening. The officers responded to a call that Brooks was asleep in his car at a Wendy's drive-through. 

Body camera footage shows Brooks complying with officers' requests. After failing a sobriety test, he resisted arrest and took an officer's stun gun. As he tried to run from the scene, police say he pointed the stun gun at them, and Officer Garrett Rolfe shot Brooks three times. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner said two of those shots, in Brooks' back, caused organ injuries and blood loss resulting in his death.

Brooks' widow, Tomika Miller, spoke about the father of four and said it will be a long time before the family heals.

"There is no justice that can ever make me feel happy about what's been done. I can never get my husband back. I can never get my best friend. I can never tell my daughter, 'Oh, he's coming to take you skating or swimming lessons.'"

Brooks' cousin, Gymaco Brooks, said Brooks was an innocent, pure and joyful soul.

"Life shouldn't be this complicated. Life shouldn't be where we have to feel some type of way, if we see a police or somebody of a different color."

Protests are ongoing in Atlanta over Brooks' death — the latest name to be chanted in crowds as people demand justice for Black victims of police brutality. The NAACP led a "March on Georgia" to the state Capitol, denouncing systemic racism and voter suppression in the state.

Miller urged the public to keep protests for Brooks peaceful "to keep his name positive and great."

Since the shooting, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields has resigned, Rolfe has been fired, and the other officer involved, Devin Brosnan, has been placed on administrative duty. 

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said the Rolfe could be charged with murder, felony murder or voluntary manslaughter. 

Contains footage from CNN.