Thursday, September 16, 2021

Rayshard Brooks Was on Probation for Four Crimes, Feared Going to Jail

*Rayshard Brooks was on probation for four crimes – including cruelty to children – at the time of his fatal shooting by an Atlanta police officer on Friday. 

According to the Daily Mail, Brooks faced going back to prison if charged with a DUI, when he was found asleep and intoxicated at Wendy’s drive-thru on June 12. 

The 27-year-old was initially compliant but after he failed a field sobriety test, Brooks resisted when cops tried to cuff him and he attempted to flee.  

He died from 3 gunshot wounds to the back during the altercation with police. He reportedly succumbed to his injuries after undergoing surgery. 

His death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Now has uncovered his criminal record, which may have caused Brooks to panic in the face of imminent arrest and imprisonment.

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Here’s more from the outlet:

The charges to which Brooks pleaded guilty and for which he was still on probation dated back to August 2014 when he was convicted on four counts – False Imprisonment, Simple Battery/Family, Battery Simple and Felony Cruelty/Cruelty to Children.

He was tried in Clayton County and sentenced to seven years on the first count, with one year in prison and six on probation and 12 months for each of the other three counts, sentences to be served concurrently.

His sentence was revised, and he was sent back to prison for 12 months in July 2016 when he violated the terms of his probation.

Brooks had not been in trouble since 2016 until last December when he went to Ohio without informing his probation officer – but the case was dismissed.

Rayshard Brooks (Facebook)
Rayshard Brooks (Facebook)

In related news, Tyler Perry will cover the funeral expenses for Rayshard Brooks.

The media mogul has also offered to pay for the college expenses for Brooks’ children.

A source tells PEOPLE, Perry “spoke to Rayshard’s family and wanted to do something to help.”

“His heart goes out to the family during this tragic time,” adds the source.

Meanwhile, the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, will soon announce his charging decision in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



  1. The cop who shot Brooks in the back should be charged with murder for using deadly force against Brooks without cause and for kicking him when he was wounded on the ground. Having said that, the time for Brooks or anyone to worry about going (back) to jail is BEFORE you commit a crime, not after police show up and you try to run away, especially since they already have your identification. Since we don’t know if a good cop or a bully, liar, killer cop will show up to the scene, preventing interactions with police is the key to our survival.


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