- After Rayshard Brooks was shot in the back by the Atlanta police on Friday, numerous stars have taken to social media and protests to denounce Brooks’ killing.
- Billie Eilish shared an image of Brooks on Instagram on Sunday, telling followers, “watching this video made me so f—ing angry… WHY ISNT EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THIS??”
- Justin Timberlake also shared a photo of Brooks to his Instagram, writing, “As a dad, this photo hurts. #RayshardBrooks was a father of three girls…1, 2, and 8 years old. He should not be dead.”
- And TI attended a protest in Atlanta to speak out against Brooks’ death, reportedly telling the crowd, “I don’t give a damn what he did… The man didn’t deserve to die like that.”
- Brooks was shot by police after he reportedly fell asleep in the drive-thru lane of a Wendy’s.
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Numerous celebrities have taken to social media and protests to denounce the death of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man in Atlanta who was shot by police in a Wendy’s parking lot on Friday.
Police were called to the restaurant after a complaint was filed about a man sleeping in a car blocking the drive-thru lane, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
When law enforcement arrived, they confronted Brooks about his parked car. Brooks failed a Breathalyzer test, and two officers tried to take him into custody on suspicion of drunken driving. Video footage from onlookers and security cameras reportedly show Brooks struggling with police officers over a Taser, then trying to flee on foot. A police officer shot Brooks in the back twice, killing the father of three.
The Fulton County medical examiner’s office said in a statement that Brooks’ death has been ruled a homicide, The New York Times reported. Atlanta police chief Erika Shields resigned following the shooting. Garrett Rolfe, one of the officers involved in the shooting, was fired, while officer Devin Brosnan was placed on administrative leave.
Brooks’ death has sparked outrage on social media and at protests, with celebrities like Billie Eilish, Justin Timberlake, TI, and more sharing their frustration and anger.
Eilish, who’s been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, shared an image of Brooks to her Instagram on Sunday.
“watching this video made me so f—ing angry… WHY ISNT EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THIS??” the singer captioned the photo.
And on her Instagram story, Eilish shared a post from her brother Finneas O’Connell, which included pictures of Brooks holding one of his three daughters shortly after her birth.
O’Connell’s post featured a similarly outraged caption, calling Brooks’ death “so f—ed up.”
“Asleep in his car in a parking lot. Shot to death. Don’t let yourself be numb to this. Don’t let the world stay this way,” he wrote.
Justin Timberlake also shared the photo of Brooks with his newborn daughter to his Instagram, and included a poignant caption about fatherhood and the violence Black people face on a daily basis.
“As a dad, this photo hurts,” Timberlake wrote. “#RayshardBrooks was a father of three girls…1, 2, and 8 years old. He should not be dead.”
As a dad, this photo hurts. #RayshardBrooks was a father of three girls…1, 2, and 8 years old. He should not be dead. ⠀ ⠀ Neither should #RiahMilton, #DominiqueFells, and #RobertFuller. This week, these four innocent people became victims of racism, violence, and intolerance. And we’re still waiting for Justice for #BreonnaTaylor. I’m heartbroken for their families and for this country.⠀ ⠀ The system needs to change… it has repeatedly shown us that Black people in America are not safe. I’ll follow up with more resources and ways to help. #BlackLivesMatter
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The “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer also highlighted the untimely deaths of other Black individuals, including Riah Milton, Dominique Fells, and Breonna Taylor.
“I’m heartbroken for their families and for this country,” Timberlake wrote, adding, “The system needs to change… it has repeatedly shown us that Black people in America are not safe. I’ll follow up with more resources and ways to help. Continue to SAY THEIR NAMES. #BlackLivesMatter.”
Musicians Chloe x Halle also shared their outrage over Brooks’ death on social media, writing on Twitter, “RIP RAYSHARD BROOKS… getting shot and killed by the police in the state we grew up in for NO REASON.”
—chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) June 14, 2020
And TI went to a protest in Atlanta and shared his grief and frustration over Brooks’ death, telling protesters that Brooks’ actions leading up to his death didn’t justify the police’s use of deadly force.
“I don’t give a damn what your opinion is of the person,” the rapper said. “I don’t give a damn what he did… The man didn’t deserve to die like that. And any policeman out here who stands behind that shit, you’re in trouble too, man.”
“We are going to have to organize,” TI continued. “Everybody needs to choose what it is you need to do, pick your purpose, and operate with purpose and direction. And if you don’t do it in the name of Tip, do it in the name of Rayshard and all the rest of the people who died at the hands of the police.”
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Protests over the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and numerous other Black people at the hands of police have continued to grow in recent weeks.
And stars like Janelle Monae, Chrissy Teigen, and Seth Rogen have all donated to bail funds and other organizations helping the Black Lives Matter movement.