Tyler Perry offers to pay for funeral of Rayshard Brooks
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Tyler Perry has offered to pay for the cost of a funeral for Rayshard Brooks, a man fatally shot by police in Atlanta, a lawyer for the family said Monday. 

The family’s attorney L. Chris StewartChris StewartEPA administrator: We don't plan to return 'verbatim' to Obama-era water regulation On management of Utah public lands, Biden should pursue an accountable legislative process Georgia AG rejects prosecutor's request for Rayshard Brooks case to be reassigned MORE said during a press conference that the actor, director, producer would pay the cost of Brooks's funeral. 

“It’s support like that, and people who are actually in this community, that love the community, that want healing, and families like this to never have to go through something like this to step forward, and we want to thank him for such a generous move,” Stewart said


Perry has a film production company based in Atlanta. 

Brooks was shot by Atlanta police last week after he was found asleep in a drive-thru at a Wendy’s in the city. 

Atlanta police said Brooks struggled with an officer before grabbing the officer’s stun gun, running away from the scene and pointing it at the officer. The officer then shot Brooks. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office reportedly ruled Brooks's death a homicide on Sunday. 

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields voluntarily stepped down following the shooting. Another officer was fired and one was placed on leave. 

Brooks’s death sparked further protests in the city, continuing demonstrations in Atlanta and nationwide over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody. 


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) announced Monday that she will be signing a series of administrative orders aimed at reforming use of force in the police department after Brooks's shooting. 

The reform measures call for officers to use de-escalation techniques to avoid physical force. They also call for all uses of deadly forces to be reported to the citizen’s review board.

Officers will also be required to intercede and prevent the use of force if they see others using force beyond what is reasonable under the circumstances.