Atlanta Protesters Rally After Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Reinstated

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    Dozens of protesters gathered outside City Hall in Atlanta on Wednesday to protest the decision to reinstate the former police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks.

    Garrett Rolfe was fired last June, a day after he shot the Black man in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.

    The Atlanta Civil Service Board on Wednesday released its decision on Rolfe’s appeal of his firing.

    The firing was reversed after a review panel found the city failed to follow its own procedures for disciplinary actions.

    Carrying banners, the protesters chanted, “no justice, no peace.”

    Rolfe will remain on administrative leave until the criminal charges against him are resolved, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said.

    Atlanta police spokeswoman Chata Spikes said she could not comment on whether he would receive back pay or would be paid while on administrative leave.

    Brooks’ killing last June 12 happened amid weeks of sometimes violent protests across the U.S. after a Black man, George Floyd, was killed by a white Minneapolis officer on May 25.

    The night after Brooks died, the Wendy’s restaurant where he was shot was set on fire.

    Protesters have denounced racial inequality and called for the dismantling of police departments or the reallocation of their funding to social services.

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