15 Jun 2020

Atlanta becomes flashpoint for Black Lives Matter movement

From Morning Report, 7:11 am on 15 June 2020

Altanta, Georgia is the latest flash point in America's on-going battle over police brutality and the killings of African Americans.

Over the weekend 27-year old Rayshard Brooks was killed by police at a Wendy's drive-thru.

Brooks had run from the police after failing a sobriety check and taking an officer's Taser.

The officer who shot and killed Brooks has been fired and the Atlanta police chief has stepped down. Protesters have taken to streets in Atlanta and shut down a highway.

The Wendy's where Brooks died was set ablaze.

At one point, police used tear gas and fireworks to disperse a crowd of protesters.

Washington DC correspondent Simon Marks speaks to Susie Ferguson.