Rayshard Brooks talked about criminal justice in the U.S. in a February interview, saying he wished the system didn’t view us as if “we are animals.”
Months later, Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man and father to four, was killed by police in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Atlanta.
Brooks’ interview in February 2019 was conducted by Reconnect as part of a project about individuals on probation or parole.
“Some people, they get a tap on the wrist” from authorities, Brooks said about inequities in the criminal justice system. “But some people don’t.”
Brooks also talked about the struggle to get back on your feet when you have a criminal record, and the emotional toll of being caught up in the system.