The Case of Rayshard Brooks By Chris Knight

     The guy in the latest shooting, Black of course, or we would hear nothing of it, as White Lives Don’t Matter, is being portrayed as Mr Dad. But consider the reality:

“Rayshard Brooks was on probation and faced going back to prison if he was charged with a DUI, can reveal. It was the fear of incarceration that likely caused Brooks to panic in the face of imminent arrest and caused him to make a break for it. Brooks was shot and killed on Friday, June 12 when cops received a 911 call to the Wendy's at University Avenue in Atlanta. Brooks was drunk and asleep at the wheel of his car and blocking the fast food restaurant's drive-thru lane. The 27-year-old father of four was polite and compliant with officers across the 20 minutes during which officers Devin Brosnan, 26, and Garrett Rolfe, 27, questioned him as to how much he had drunk and how he had ended up in the drive-thru. As the interaction neared its tragic conclusion, Brooks suggested to officers that he could just walk home saying that it wasn't far. But after Brooks failed a field sobriety test and blew 0.108 when breathalyzed (0.08 is the legal limit in Georgia), Rolfe who has since been fired, moved to cuff Brooks who suddenly resisted. Both officers were clearly taken by surprise. As their bodycameras fell to the ground in the scuffle that ensued one shouted to Brooks to 'stop fighting' and warned him, 'You're going to get tased,' but the peaceable incident quickly escalated into violence.

Now has uncovered the fear that could have caused Brooks to panic in the face of imminent arrest and caused him to make a break for it. The charges to which Brooks pleaded guilty and for which he was still on probation dated back to August 2014 when he was convicted on four counts – False Imprisonment, Simple Battery/Family, Battery Simple and Felony Cruelty/Cruelty to Children. He was tried in Clayton County and sentenced to seven years on the first count, with one year in prison and six on probation and 12 months for each of the other three counts, sentences to be served concurrently. His sentence was revised, and he was sent back to prison for 12 months in July 2016 when he violated the terms of his probation. Brooks had not been in trouble since that year until last December when he went to Ohio without informing his probation officer and a warrant was issued for his arrest. That warrant was revoked and the case dismissed when he returned to Georgia on January 6. According to his wife, Tomika Miller, Brooks was a devoted husband to her and loving father to their three daughters and his stepson.

     But wait, they say he was a loving father, but he was on probation for four crimes including cruelty to children! Go figure! 



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