US protesters call attention to new deaths

Russ Bynum and Ed White
US demonstrators have held up signs depicting George Floyd during protests against police brutality

Protests initially ignited by the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have continued over the weekend as US anti-racism protesters sought to call attention to the deaths of two more black men.

Early on Sunday, Atlanta police announced that officer Garrett Wolfe had been fired following the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, 27, on Friday night, and another officer, Devin Brosnan, had been placed on administrative duty.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had called for the immediate firing of the officer who opened fire on Brooks at a press conference on Saturday evening, where she also announced that she had accepted the resignation of Police Chief Erika Shields.

"I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force," Bottoms said.

Roughly 150 protesters marched outside the Wendy's restaurant outside where Brooks was shot, reigniting demonstrations that had largely simmered in the Georgia capital nearly three weeks after Floyd, another black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck.

Both Wolfe and Brosnan are white.

In Palmdale, California, hundreds of people on Saturday marched to demand an investigation into the death of Robert Fuller, 24, who was found hanging from a tree early on Wednesday near city hall.

The protesters marched from where the body was found to a sheriff's station, with many carrying signs that said "Justice for Robert Fuller".

Authorities said the death appeared to be a suicide but an autopsy was planned.

The city said there were no outdoor cameras that could have recorded what happened.

Fuller's death has brought to light the death of another black man found hanging from a tree on May 31 in Victorville, a desert city 72km east of Palmdale.

Sheriff spokeswoman Jodi Miller told Victor Valley News foul play was not suspected in 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch's death but the man's family said they were concerned it will be ruled a suicide to avoid further attention.