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Killer Mike is “Mad as Hell” and “Saddened Beyond Consolation” Over Rayshard Brooks’ Killing

Killer Mike is “Mad as Hell” and “Saddened Beyond Consolation” Over Rayshard Brooks’ Killing

Killer Mike is "Mad as Hell" and "Saddened Beyond Consolation" Over Rayshard Brooks' Killing
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The Atlanta rapper put out a call to grassroots organizers and activists “who are doing the work, day in and day out.”

Killer Mike has voiced his anger and hurt over the death of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Atlanta on Friday night.

In a passionate and exasperated Instagram post published this morning, the Run The Jewels rapper spoke out against the senseless shooting. “Rayshard Brooks should be alive this morning. He should be waking up (hungover or drunk in the tank depending on whether he was apprehended) and not dead.” He goes on to imagine the scenario and its impact from the vantage of multiple bystanders. “If I’m the Wendy’s worker who called the police, I feel like shit this morning because a call for a man sleeping in a car should not have ended with his killing. If I’m the people with the child in the car, I feel helpless and hurt. If I’m that child, I’m scared shitless of anyone with a uniform and a gun,” the rapper writes in a lengthy statement.

He caps the post with a pledge to continue to seek out and support grassroots organizations “who are doing the work, day in and day out,” asking followers to tag groups who are on the ground and advocating for pro structural social justice reforms.

For their part, the Atlanta Police Department has responded to the incident with the swift firing of the officer involved in the shooting and the reassignment of his partner. APD chief, Erika Shields, resigned last night after serving just two years at the position. She will be replaced by Rodney Bryant, a deputy who is currently serving as the head of Atlanta’s jails.

Read Killer Mike’s full statement below.

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#RayshardBrooks should be alive this morning. He should be waking up (hungover or drunk in the tank depending on whether he was apprehended) and not dead. If I’m the Wendy’s worker who called the police, I feel like shit this morning because a call for a man sleeping in a car should not have ended with his killing. If I’m the people with the child in the car, I feel helpless and hurt. If I’m that child, I’m scared shitless of anyone with a uniform and a gun. If I’m the angry white or black guy who was filming and saying, “I watched y’all for twenty minutes,” I’m wondering what else I could have done? I am mad as hell and I am saddened beyond consolation. At a minimum, we need a law that prevents shooting a person while they’re fleeing. If there is no weapon, fleeing from an officer should be a foot chase and radio race. If a person gets away, they get away. As I have said before, I will continue to look to and support grassroots organizations who are doing the work, day in and day out. If there are groups who you know are organizing to end police killings, @ them so we can follow and support. 🔴⚫️🟢 🐜  Let us Continue to #PlotPlanStrategizeOrganizeMobilize! If you are in ATL and want to know who is doing the work already brother Kalonji Changa (@whohetalkingto) is. His org is Commumitymovementbuilders.org. A true organizer he ain’t polite! He is effective! His org does the work.  Please @ others that do as well!

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