NAACP calls on DOJ to investigate death of Rayshard Brooks

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A mourner wears a shirt calling for justice as he attends the public viewing for Rayshard Brooks on June 22, 2020. Photo credit CURTIS COMPTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The Georgia NAACP wants the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the June 2020 death of Rayshard Brooks. This comes after Tuesday's announcement by a special prosecutor that two Atlanta police officers did not act with criminal intent when Brooks, a black man, was fatally shot outside a south Atlanta Wendy's. The officers would no longer face charges in the death of Brooks.

Georgia NAACP President Gerald Griggs says he remembers watching video of the death of Brooks "like it was yesterday." According to Griggs "I saw a young man running with his back turned and he got shot twice in the back."

Griggs is also calling for a special grand jury investigation into the matter. "Dueling opinions by two prosecutors is the quintessential moment that you put it in front of a grand jury and let the citizens of Fulton County decide what actually happened and what police accountability looks like."

Former Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard had determined that officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan wrongfully caused Brooks' death.