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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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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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