Two men, including a George Floyd protest organizer, have been arrested for arson for the Wendy’s fire, where Rayshard Brooks was shot dead by police.
33-year-old John Wade and 23-year-old Chisom Kingston were taken into custody overnight in connection with the June 13 fire in the fast-food chain in Atlanta, Georgia, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
This brings the arrests over the fire to three after Brooks’ girlfriend Natalie White, 29, was arrested on suspicion of firing last month. White has since been released on bond.
The restaurant was burned to the ground a day after Brooks was shot dead in the drive-in lane by Atlanta agent Garrett Rolfe during a DUI arrest on June 12.
John Wade, 33, (left) and Chisom Kingston, 23, (right) were arrested for arson from the Wendy’s fire, where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot
Atlanta Fire Investigators announced the arrests of the two new suspects in the arson on Thursday.
Kingston and Wade were taken into custody by the fire department at night on Wednesday, in partnership with local, state, and federal authorities, Atlanta Fire Rescue said.
The two men have been charged with first-degree arson and have been booked in Fulton County prison.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue released a photo on Wednesday of two men standing outside the nearby University Avenue restaurant before the fire, saying they wanted to identify and question them as part of their investigation.
The two men were taken into custody overnight in connection with the June 13 fire (photo) in the fast food chain in Atlanta, Georgia, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
The restaurant was burned to the ground one day after Brooks was shot dead during a DUI arrest in the drive-in alley in the drive-thru lane during the DUI arrest on June 12.
It has not been confirmed whether Kingston or Wade are the individual authorities they have been looking for.
According to The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionOne of the primary organizers of protests in Atlanta, Wade demanded an end to police brutality and systemic racism following Memorial Day’s murder of black man George Floyd by white agent Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.
Protests in Atlanta were sparked further when unarmed Brooks were shot dead just two weeks later.
The Wendys were subsequently burned down the following day during a major protest against Brooks’ murder.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue released a photo on Wednesday of two men who stood outside the nearby University Avenue restaurant about the time of the fire and said they wanted to identify and question them as part of their investigation
Atlanta Fire Investigators announced the arrests of the two new suspects in the arson on Thursday. Wendy is on fire on June 13
The above image shows an aerial view of the Wendy’s after it was destroyed
This brings the arrests over the fire to three after Brooks’ girlfriend Natalie White, 29, (pictured in her mug) was arrested on suspicion of firing last month
On June 23, White was arrested on suspicion of starting the fire.
Police issued an arrest warrant on June 20 and shared surveillance footage of her in a store.
Brooks was married, but on the night of his death he told them during a conversation with the police that he was at Wendy’s to pick up food for him and his “girlfriend,” “Natalie White.”
White’s attorney Drew Findling confirmed to DailyMail.com last month that White and Brooks were “ very close, ” but declined to share more details about their relationship out of respect for Brooks’ wife Tomika Miller.
White has since been released on bond.
Brooks was killed when he ran from the police in the Wendy’s drive-thru.
Bodycam footage from the incident shows that the black man is approached by the officers after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car.
The officers tried to arrest him and he struggled, eventually reaching for one of the officer’s officers and grabbing him.
He ran away and was shot twice in the back by Rolfe when he turned to shoot the Taser in the direction of Rolfe.
Rolfe was fired from the police and charged with murder and 10 other crimes after Brooks’s death.
Officials revealed on Wednesday that he had been released on bail pending trial.
Devin Brosnan, the other police officer, was placed on the desk by the police and is now charged with serious abuse and violating his oath.
Brooks took a photo with his wife and three daughters in this undated photo
Brooks’ wife Tomika Miller, who is holding one of their children, at his funeral with the rest of their children
Bodycam footage (above) showed the moments prior to Brooks’s death