Rapper T.I. Addresses Death of Rayshard Brooks at Atlanta Protest

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While at a protest in Atlanta on Saturday, T.I. spoke out on the death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks.

Brooks was killed on Friday evening after being checked for a DUI while at a Wendy’s drive-thru. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Brooks struggled with police, attempted to run and was shot.

T.I. joined one of the protests over Brooks’ death and addressed the crowd.

“I dont give a damn what your opinion is of the person. I dont give a damn what he did,” the 39-year-old said through a megaphone, in a video captured by Shar Bates. “The man didn’t deserve to die like that. And any policeman out here who stands behind that [expletive] your {expletive] in trouble too, man.”

He then proceeded to motivate the demonstrators to help enact real change.

“We are going to have to organize. We’re going to have to demonstrate but we are going to have to do it with purpose. And when I say purpose, I mean direction. We’ve got to go where we need to go and do what we need to do in those areas,” he said.

“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 Rashard and all the rest of the people who died at the hands of the police.”

“Love and respect. Rest in peace to Rashad. Peace and love to everybody who deserves it,” he concluded and passed the megaphone to the crowd.

In the aftermath of Brooks’ death, the Georgia chapter of the NAACP asked for the resignation of Atlanta Police Department chief Erika Shields. Hours later, Shields resigned.

Another protest was set to begin on Saturday night at the site of Brooks' death.

Last week, T.I. made an impassioned plea  to protest-goers to stay committed to fighting injustice in response to the death of George Floyd.

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