Posted on June 23, 2020

Rayshard Brooks Funeral to Be Held at Church Where Martin Luther King Preached

Associated Press, The Guardian, June 23, 2020

Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by a police officer, is to be remembered at a private funeral on Tuesday at the church in Atlanta where the Rev Martin Luther King Jr once preached.

The private funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church follows a public viewing held Monday. The Rev Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at the church and a Democratic candidate for Senate, will deliver the eulogy.

“Rayshard Brooks wasn’t just running from the police. He was running from a system that makes slaves out of people. A system that doesn’t give ordinary people who’ve made mistakes a second chance, a real shot at redemption,” Warnock plans to say, according to a short excerpt released Monday.

Officer Garrett Rolfe fatally shot Brooks in the back after Brooks fired a Taser in his direction while running away after a struggle with officers outside a Wendy’s restaurant on 12 June. Rolfe, 27, is white. Brooks, 27, was Black.


Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has offered financial help for the services, according to that statement.


Fulton county district attorney Paul Howard announced 11 charges against Rolfe, including felony murder, and said the officer kicked Brooks as he lay dying. {snip}