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Atlanta Police Searching for Suspect Who Set Fire to Wendy's Where Black Man Was Shot by Police

© REUTERS / ELIJAH NOUVELAGEA protester watches as a Wendy’s burns following a rally against racial inequality and the police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. June 13, 2020.
A protester watches as a Wendy’s burns following a rally against racial inequality and the police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. June 13, 2020. - Sputnik International
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Protests erupted near the restaurant after 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who initiated an altercation with police trying to arrest him, was fatally shot by an officer on Friday night.

A $10,000 reward is offered by the Atlanta Police Department for any information concerning the suspect who set a Wendy's restaurant on fire on Saturday night.

Pictures attached to the APD's Twitter post shows the suspect dressed in all black and wearing a face covering. 

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, police arrived at the Wendy's cafe drive-through after a call about a man, later identified as Brooks, who was asleep in his car obstructing traffic. He failed a sobriety test and resisted his arrest, the police says. He then grabbed the officer's Taser and pointed it at him before being shot.

Following Brooks' death, protesters gathered outside the Wendy's restaurant on Saturday, when someone set the building on fire. Video footage from the scene shows the entire building engulfed in flames. Reports also say that protesters obstructed the fire engines from reaching the restaurant.

On Sunday afternoon, protesters also gathered outside the APD headquarters, chanting, "Police the police", footage from the scene shows.

Atlanta police have arrested at least 36 people in operations to quell the unrest.

In the wake of the events, the officer involved was sacked, while APD Chief Erika Shields resigned from her post, with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms commenting that she doesn't believe "this was a justified use of deadly force".

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