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NBA star Dwight Howard at Rayshard Brooks press conference announcing charges

The former Atlanta Hawks wore a shirt that said 'breathe again.'

ATLANTA — NBA star Dwight Howard appeared at a Fulton County courtroom press conference announcing the charging decision for the death of Rayshard Brooks, a man who was shot and killed by police at a Wendy’s drive thru.

Howard, who is originally from Georgia, is relative to the District Attorney Paul Howard, according to NBC correspondent Blayne Alexander. 

The current Los Angeles Lakers player and former Atlanta Hawks basketball player appeared in the courtroom wearing a mask and a white t-shirt that read 'Breathe Again.'

Howard didn't speak during the press conference. 

Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Attorney Phaedra Parks also appeared in the courtroom in support of Brooks. She has been outspoken on social media discussing the the legal action that was being prepared for the case.

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Howard has spoken before about growing up in College Park with his dad, a police officer.

During the press conference, the district attorney announced charges against the two Atlanta Police officers involved in the shooting. 

Officer Garrett Rolfe faces 11 total charges including Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault with a weapon. Criminal Damage to property and Violation of Oath.

Officer Devin Brosnan faces three total charges related to the killing of Brooks, including charges for standing on Brooks' body while he was on the ground.

Here's what we know about the events leading to and following the death of Rayhshard Brooks. 


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