Donald Trump has weighed in on the shooting of Rayshard Brooks – a black man who died after being shot by a white police officer in a restaurant car park in Atlanta.
Commenting on the incident and the officer charged with Mr Brooks’ murder, Mr Trump said US police are not treated “fairly”.
The president said “you can’t resist a police officer” and added that he had heard an explanation from officer Garrett Rolfe’s lawyer that he had heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him.
During an interview on Fox News, Mr Trump said: “I don’t know that I would have necessarily believed that, but I will tell you, that’s a very interesting thing and maybe that’s so.”
“They are going to have to find out.
“It’s up to justice right now.
“It’s going to be up to justice,” the president said.
“I hope he gets a fair shake because police have not been treated fairly in our country.
“They have not been treated fairly.”
Prosecutors say that as Mr Brooks lay dying in a restaurant car park in Atlanta, the white officer who had shot him in the back kicked him and did not give him medical attention for more than two minutes.
“I got him!” Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard quoted Rolfe as saying.
Rolfe shot Mr Brooks after the 27-year-old black man grabbed a Taser and ran, firing it from too far away to reach him – the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor added that the Taser had already been fired twice, so it was empty and no longer a threat.
On Wednesday, Mr Howard announced a murder charge against Rolfe and an aggravated assault charge against a second officer, Devin Brosnan.
The district attorney said Brosnan stood on Mr Brooks’ shoulder as he struggled for his life.
The decision to prosecute came less than five days after the killing rocked a city, and a nation, already rocked by the death of George Floyd under a police officer’s knee in Minneapolis late last month.
Protests erupted across Atlanta in the wake of the shooting of Rayshard Brooks.