Georgia Police Training Director Believes Brooks Shooting Was ‘Tragic, Yet Justified’

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Georgia Public Safety Training Center director Chris Wigginton, the man who runs the training academy for nearly all Georgia law enforcement officers says the shooting of Rayshard Brooks was tragic, yet justified.

“If you get into an altercation, our job is to make arrests,” Wigginton explained. “And sometimes that takes using force. Sometimes that takes pursuing people on foot. And the day that you quit doing that to a criminal, every one of them is going to run.”

Wigginton points to case law and statutes in Georgia that allows an officer to use deadly force “to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

He said the taser is an “incapacitating weapon” that could have left Rolfe vulnerable to “great bodily injury” if he fell and hit his head on the ground or the curb.

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