Twitter Users Point Out Dylann Roof Was Fed Burger King by Officers in Wake of Rayshard Brooks Shooting

As the shooting of Rayshard Brooks continues to fuel anger in the U.S., a number of Twitter users have highlighted the brutal treatment of black people by police by comparing his case to that of Dylann Roof.

"If police could escort #DylanRoof to Burger King to eat before taking him to jail after he MURDERED nine people during Bible study at a Black church in Charleston, police in Atlanta could've escorted #RayshardBrooks home after finding him ASLEEP in his car," Bishop Talbert Swan tweeted. "Case closed," he added.

While Roof wasn't actually escorted to a Burger King location as stated by Swan, Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford told the Charlotte Observer in 2015 that officers had brought him food from the fast food joint after his arrest.

The anecdote sparked nationwide headlines at the time, the newspaper reported—and the story is again being shared by social media users in the wake of Brooks' death.

Brooks, a 27-year-old African American man, was shot dead by a white officer in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday night. Police had been responding to a complaint reporting a man was asleep in a car blocking the drive-thru lane of a Wendy's restaurant.

The encounter turned deadly when the officers attempted to handcuff Brooks and ended up in a struggle. Brooks took the weapon and fled, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Seconds later, he was shot dead.

Roof, on the other hand, was a white supremacist who opened fire inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina five years ago, killing nine black worshippers.

He then spent 16 hours on the run and traveled across state lines before at least five police officers surrounded Roof's sedan and took him into custody in Shelby, North Carolina, the Observer reported.

The courteous treatment of Roof is highlighted in the 2019 documentary Emanuel—which shows clips of officers holstering their weapons as they approached Roof's car in Shelby, North Carolina and later, serving him the Burger King meal in the interrogation room.

In recent days, Twitter users have pointed out that not only had Roof been taken into custody alive—but police officers cared enough about his welfare to bring him a meal.

They noted the stark contrast in the treatment of black people, who have ended up dead while being detained for lesser offenses.

They also noted how black people can end up dead without committing a crime at all, highlighting the case of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman who was shot dead in her home after police serving a "no-knock" warrant burst into her apartment.

"I just need to know why white serial killer, white supremacists like #DylanRoof get taken without incident and worse get fed Burger King?!!!" Sophia A. Nelson tweeted.

"How does that happen and #RayshardBrooks dies for falling asleep. #GeorgeFloyd for spending $20.00 #BreonnaTayor in her home in bed!" Nelson added.

Another Twitter user wrote: "Rayshard Brooks was shot in the back for taking a taser from a cop and running in the opposite direction. When Dylan Roof was arrested for a mass shooting that killed 9 people, they went and got him Burger King because "he was hungry"."

W. Kamau Bell brought up the Burger King story about Roof shortly after George Floyd's death.

"Always remember that police brought Dylann Roof some Burger King after he had murdered 9 Black people," the comic tweeted the day after Floyd was killed. "George Floyd was accused of forgery."

Floyd's death on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes has sparked weeks of protests against police brutality and racism across the U.S. and calls for police departments across the U.S. to be defunded and reformed.

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People use their cellphones to document a muralist painting the face of Rayshard Jones outside a burned Wendy's restaurant two days after he was fatally shot by police in the restaurant parking lot, in Atlanta, Georgia. Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images