Tyler Perry to pay for funeral of Rayshard Brooks, man killed by police in Atlanta

Media mogul Tyler Perry is going to pay for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, a black man killed by Atlanta police officers in a Wendy's parking lot Friday.

Brooks' family and their attorneys held a press conference on Monday, during which attorney L. Chris Stewart revealed the offer from Perry.

"We want to thank and acknowledge Tyler Perry, who we spoke with, who will be taking care of the funeral for the family," Stewart said. "It's support like that and it's people who are actually in this community that love the community, that want healing and families like this to never have to go through something like this to step forward."


Stewart was also on the legal team helping the family of George Floyd, the black man whose death at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked a nationwide movement against police brutality and racial injustice.

Brooks' death last week triggered new waves of protests in Atlanta. The 27-year-old was fatally shot by police after they responded to a call about a man asleep at the Wendy's drive-thru. They said he resisted arrest and grabbed an officer's Taser. The medical examiner's report said Brooks was shot twice in the back.

The officer who opened fire, Garrett Rolfe, was fired on Sunday and another officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, was placed on administrative duty.

Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and Assistant Chief Rodney Bryant, who is black, will serve as the city's interim police chief.

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