Marquavian Odom, a protester in Atlanta, spoke with CNN’s Natasha Chen Saturday about police fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks.
"I was very disturbed with what happened," Odom said. "This is something that keeps happening over and over again. We’ve been protesting about George Floyd and I thought there was going to be a change, but there wasn’t a change, it was still the same old thing. I thought the message was clear, but obviously we’re still not heard."
Odom said Brooks' case is different from George Floyd's because Brooks was fighting back. In surveillance video of the shooting, Brooks appeared to point the stun gun at the Atlanta officer.
"He was scared for his life. The first thing to do when people are fighting you, you will try to fight back, even though it is authority. He did try to run away from the situation, they were still tasing him, they were still trying to cause him harm and tried to kill him so the first natural thing would be to run.”
Odom said officers are trained in de-escalation, so they should've known "plenty of ways" to de-escalate the situation with Brooks.
Taking a gun out should’ve been the last excuse unless he had a gun," Odom said. "He didn’t have a gun, he only had a taser."
Odom called the resignation of Atlanta's police chief a "beautiful thing."