December 7, 2023
Chisom Kingston has now gradujated from college. We hope he stays on track.
An Atlanta man will not be facing any time behind bars following a guilty conviction of committing arson at a Wendy’s. The 23-year-old man committed the act in light of the police killing of Rayshard Brooks, which occurred at the fast food location in June 2020.
Due to the restaurant being destroyed by arson, Chisom Kingston was sentenced to five years probation on Dec. 5, in addition to paying a $150 fine and 150 hours of community service. Kingston implicated himself as the culprit inside the Fulton Court in the fire, but also Brooks’ murder at the hands of law enforcement one day before the incident– being the catalysts.
Brooks was killed at the restaurant by former Atlanta police officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, as both were charged for their involvement. On the night of June 12, Brooks was asleep behind the wheel of the drive-thru line until the officers approached his vehicle. After failing a sobriety test, Brooks resisted arrest, prompting an altercation with the police and him running away with a stun gun. He was shot in the back by Rolfe as he pointed the nonfatal weapon at the officers.
The murder also occurred during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, leading a crowd to flood the streets to express their frustration with another instance of police brutality. As for Kingston’s fire prompted by the killing, his defense attorney has stated that the sentencing will grant him the opportunity to continue to do better for himself and his community.
“While some have done their best to portray Chisom Kingston as an unhinged boogeyman to help them advance some their own agendas, that’s disgusting, it’s irresponsible, and it’s just not who he is,” said Attorney Khalil Eaddy. “This is a good young man committed to his family and his community. Since that night three years ago, he’s not only graduated from Georgia State University with plans to begin graduate school. He has kept the faith with our courts and with justice itself.”
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