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Atlanta Officer Suffered Concussion During Altercation With Brooks, Questions Linger

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A lawyer for Atlanta police officer Devin Brosnan told CNN Wednesday that his client suffered a concussion and other injuries during the altercation that led to the death of Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy’s parking lot.

Don Samuel, the lawyer for Brosnan, told Chris Cuomo that “Devin ends up taking out his Taser and yelling at him to ‘stop fighting, stop fighting…Mr. Brooks grabbed the Taser from him and shoots … Devin gets shot with the Taser.”

Samuel said that Bronsnan fell over after being tasered and “lands on his head on the pavement and gets a concussion.” He added that Brosnan followed protocol and his actions were “exemplary.”

The information is significant and raises a number of unanswered questions about the altercation between Brooks and the Atlanta officers that is coming to light. Were the officers just defending themselves? Did the officers follow protocol?

Brooks initially cooperated with a field sobriety test and appeared to be cooperative with the officers overall.  But everything changed when the officers prepared to handcuff him. It was then that Brooks grabbed one officer’s Taser and a chase ensued.

The Atlanta prosecutors allege former officer Garrett Rolfe then shot Brooks in the back, said “I got him.” The prosecutors also allege Brosnan stood on Brooks’s arm after he had been shot. Prosecutors are pushing for a felony murder charge against him. That charge carries life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

However, that sequence of events has been called into question because another video appears to show that Brook’s turned, aimed and shot the taser at the officers before he was shot.

After prosecutors brought charges against Rolfe and the other officers, a large number of Atlanta Police Department officers called in sick, while others just walked off the job.

According to local news reports the “Atlanta police patrol six zones covering some 500,000 residents. They also patrol Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.”

Later the Atlanta Police Department tweeted that “earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift.” The department noted that it had enough officers to cover the zones they patrolled.

 

 

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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