Cops search for masked woman seen setting restaurant on fire after Rayshard Brooks’ death

Atlanta police released a photo of a woman they say burned down a Wendy’s restaurant in the wake of Rayshard Brooks’ death. (Picture: APD/AP)

Police are searching for a woman wanted for setting fire to a Wendy’s restaurant during the protest that followed Rayshard Brooks’s death.

The Atlanta Police Department shared a picture of the woman – who appeared to be white – dressed in black with her face covered by a mask during the demonstration that ended with the fast-food restaurant being burned to the ground in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night.

Protesters flocked to the restaurant to demand justice after Brooks, 27, was shot in the back in the Wendy’s parking lot by officers attempting to arrest him for DUI. The officers were called to the restaurant after Brooks reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel in the drive-thru.

Unrest and anger followed Brooks’ death and has been amplified by protests around the country against racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death after both men were killed by police during arrests for nonviolent offenses.

During the chaos in Atlanta on Saturday night, a woman was seen lighting the restaurant on fire. Police recently released a picture of the woman and are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information on her.

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 13: A Wendys restaurant burns after protesters allegedly set it on fire on June 13, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Fresh protests rose up after an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, an unarmed African American man outside the restaurant. . (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

A Wendys restaurant burns it was set on fire on June 13 (Picture: .)

‘@StopCrimeATL is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the individuals responsible for starting a fire that led to the destruction of a Wendy’s restaurant at 125 University Avenue,’ the Atlanta Police Department wrote in a tweet alongside three photos of the woman.

Police also linked to a video on Twitter of the suspect appearing to try to light the restaurant ablaze.

‘Look at this white girl. Look at the white girl trying to burn down the Wendy’s. This wasn’t us,’ the man filming the incident said in the video.

epa08485835 An undated handout photo made available by Stewart Trial Attorneys on 15 June 2020 shows Atlanta Police Department (APD) shooting victim Rayshard Brooks, 27. Brooks, who was the father of three daughters and had a stepson, was killed 12 June 2020, during a confrontation with two APD officers in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant. EPA/STEWART TRIAL ATTORNEYS HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Rayshard Brooks died after he was shot twice in the back by officer Garret Rolfe during a DUI arrest.

The medical examiner said that Brooks died from two gunshot wounds to the back and ruled his death a homicide. The officer who shot him, Garret Rolfe, has since been fired from the department and is now facing a possible murder charge.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned in the wake of Brooks’ death and the second officer involved with the shooting, Devin Brosnan, has been put on administrative leave.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse e-mail ne sera pas publiée.