The police officer who shot and killed a black man in an Atlanta fast-food drive-through was fired this weekend, the police office announced early Sunday.
Garrett Rolfe was terminated and a second officer, Devin Bronsan, was put on administrative leave, a police spokesman announced early Sunday.
The announcement follows the resignation of Atlanta’s police chief Saturday 24 hours after Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed by Rolfe while in the drive-through at a Wendy’s restaurant.
“I have faith in the mayor, and it is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” police chief Erika Shields said in a statement.
Protesters took to the streets following his killing over the weekend, lighting the Wendy’s restaurant on fire Saturday evening.
Hundreds of demonstrators blocked an interstate in Georgia’s capital and were met with tear gas. Dozens of protesters were arrested.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), police were called to the Wendy’s for complaints that Brooks was asleep in his car, blocking the drive-through lane. Nearly 40 minutes transpired between when officers first knocked on the car door and when shots were fired.