In the aftermath of the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, some in the Black Lives Matter movement have attempted to compare it to the cases of Ahmad Arbery and George Floyd.
However, Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams told CNN that the shooting of Rayshard Brooks was categorically different.
Brooks stole a weapon off the body of a police officer and then fired the taser at the officer during the subsequent chase.
Many observers agree that the officer was simply acting in self-defense.
Williams' comments are going viral on social media.
As a black sheriff, his insight is particularly interesting as the far left attempts to pit Black Lives Matter against law enforcement.
See Sheriff Alfonzo Williams' piercing insight below:
Police officers have to make life or death decisions in the blink of an eye.
If someone is willing to steal a weapon off your body and taze you, who's to say that person wouldn't also attempt to steal your gun?
Fox News reports that Williams' comments suggest that the officer in Atlanta was justified:
Burke County, Ga. Sheriff Alfonzo Williams argued Tuesday that Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was "completely justified" in using lethal force against 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, whose death has sparked a new round of protests and controversy over policing and racial discrimination in the U.S.
Brooks was shot as he attempted to flee Rolfe and another officer, Devin Brosnan, who had attempted to arrest Brooks after he failed a sobriety test. Brooks had stolen one of the officers' Taser and attempted to fire it in Rolfe's direction as he ran.
"This is the third law enforcement agency I’ve been head of," Williams, who is black, told CNN. "Every agency I’ve gone to, I’ve required every officer who carries a Taser to be Tased with it, so that you understand the incapacitation."
"Five seconds; 1,001, 1,002, 1,003, 1,004, 1,005. That's five whole seconds [when] if an officer is hit with that Taser that he, all of his muscles will be locked up and he'll have the inability to move and to respond. And yet he is still responsible for every weapon on his belt.
"So, if that officer had been hit, he still has a firearm on his side and the likelihood of him being stomped in the head or having his firearm taken and used against him was a probability. And so he did what he needed to do. And this was a completely justified shooting.”
"So you think lethal force here was necessary?" CNN anchor Brianna Keilar asked. Williams said it was and argued that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution allowed that type of force. "There's nothing malicious or sadistic in the way these officers behaved."
Shortly after Brooks' death, Atlanta police chief Erika Shields resigned, Rolfe was fired and Brosnan was placed on adminstrative duty.
"It's very unfortunate that the law enforcement leaders in the state of Georgia have not come out and stood together on this case," Williams said. "I think it's political and it's senseless.
"We're sending the wrong message to our black youth. We're telling them that it's OK, that they can run from the police, that they can take a weapon from the police, they can fight with the police, and point their weapon at the police, and expect nothing to happen. That is the wrong message to send to black youth."
It's important that we stand behind law enforcement, because they're who keeps us safe!
However, calls to defund the police have grown louder in the wake of highly publicized law enforcement incidents.
Now, far left radicals have taken to social media to slam the character of Sheriff Williams.
See some of the personal attacks against him below:
Police officers literally put their lives on the line every day in order to protect the public, yet it has become "cool" to bash them on social media.
If support for law enforcement continues to erode, chances are that police officers will continue resigning en masse.
This will leave our cities unprotected.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution confirms Sheriff Williams' comments:
Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said Monday the use of deadly force by a police officer in Friday’s fatal shooting in Atlanta was justified, The Augusta Chronicle reported.
“I think it was a justified shooting based on the limited information that has been presented on the video and what I’ve seen on television,” Williams said, according to the Augusta newspaper. “It was completely justified, it follows all use-of-force policy guidelines and it just appears to me more of a politicization of the situation, which I think it’s very harmful to law enforcement.”
Rayshard Brooks, the black man shot by Atlanta police outside a Wendy’s in the city’s Southside on Friday night, suffered organ damage and blood loss from two gunshot wounds, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Sunday after completing an autopsy.“His cause of death: gunshot wounds of the back,” an investigator from the medical examiner’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Brooks grabbed one of the officer’s Tasers and began to run off before turning and pointing the Taser at the officer, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Williams cautioned that he had only seen the video and did not have access to all the statements, but based on what he saw, it was an appropriate use of force, the Chronicle reported.
“In this case, (Brooks) has fought with an officer, which he has committed a felony of obstruction of an officer, he removed a weapon from the officer’s belt and he turned towards the officers and fired the Taser,” Williams said, according to the Chronicle. “An officer is not expected to wait to see if he gets hit or not or injured or not before he returns fire. The moment he turned towards the officer and pointed what appeared to be a weapon, whether it was a Taser or an actual handgun, the officer would be justified in using deadly force.”
It appears that the case in Georgia is becoming politicized due to the political climate around Black Lives Matter.
The District Attorney Paul Howard claims that a taser is not a deadly weapon.
This is why he's moving forward with charging the police officer.
However, two weeks ago, Paul Howard was caught on video saying that a taser is a deadly weapon.
His flip-flop appears to be politically motivated.