Black Lives Matter protests: Atlanta shooting of Rayshard Brooks declared homicide – live updates

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CBS News have just tweeted out a video clip of an interview they have with Tomika Miller, the widow of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot by Atlanta police in what has been declared a homicide by medical examiners.

In the clip, Miller says: “If it was my husband who shot them, he would be in jail. He would be doing a life sentence. They need to be put away.”

FIRST ON @CBSNews: Tomika Miller, wife of Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by Atlanta police at a Wendy’s, tells us the officers “need to be put away.”

“If it was my husband who shot them, he would be in jail. He would be doing a life sentence.”
Ahead on @CBSThisMorning. pic.twitter.com/IqZ6Qiz5Pf

David Sirota has written for us this morning on what he sees as the hypocrisy of Republicans who loudly criticise the “De-fund the police” movement that has swelled in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd – but who routinely de-fund the “police” that are meant to keep people safe in many areas of the economy.

Citing Republican cuts to agencies like the US Chemical Safety Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board among others, Sirota says:

Apparently, we’re expected to be horrified by proposals to reduce funding for the militarized police forces that are violently attacking peaceful protesters – but we’re supposed to obediently accept the defunding of the police forces responsible for protecting the population from the wealthy and powerful.

Related: Republicans are hypocrites. They happily ‘de-funded’ the police we actually need | David Sirota

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