Atlanta Will Pay $1M to Rayshard Brooks’ Family in Wrongful Death Suit

The family of Rayshard Brooks will receive $1 million, more than two years after Brooks was fatally shot by two police officers outside a Wendy’s in June 2020.

Credit: Stewart Trial Attorneys via CNN
Credit: Stewart Trial Attorneys via CNN

The family of Rayshard Brooks will receive $1 million from the city of Atlanta, more than two years after Brooks was fatally shot by two police officers outside a Wendy’s in June 2020.

Atlanta’s city council voted unanimously in favor of paying Brooks’ family and will assist his children “with future plans as they come of age,” according to attorneys for the Brooks family.

On June 12, 2020, police responded to a report that Brooks, 27, had fallen asleep inside his car while in a Wendy's drive-thru. Footage released after his death shows officers engaging in a conversation with Brooks for nearly 40 minutes before they attempted to arrest him. Brooks later took one of the officers' stun guns and attempted to flee. At one point in the footage, Brooks seems to turn around and point the stun gun. One of the officers, Garrett Rolfe, then fired at Brooks, killing him.

Three months before the council’s vote, prosecutors on the case determined that the officers involved in Brooks' death had “committed no crimes” and that the use of deadly force was “objectively reasonable.”

“While we are disappointed that prosecutors didn’t pursue a criminal case against the officers involved in Mr. Brooks’ death, we continue to hold out hope that the Department of Justice will intervene in this matter,” the family's attorneys said on November 22, per WXIA.