Atlanta Cop Charged with Felony Murder in Shooting Death of Rayshard Brooks

Carlos Miller

Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was charged with felony murder today for shooting Rayshard Brooks in the back.

The Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back in a Wendy's parking lot has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

"I got him!" Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe exclaimed after shooting Brooks twice in the back.

Rolfe then kicked Brooks instead of administrating medical aid, which is a violation of departmental policy.

The other cop, Devin Brosnan, stood on Brooks instead of helping him. He has has been charged with aggravated assault. He has agreed to serve as a witness for the state against Rolfe.

Prosecutors said Rofle fired his shots when Brooks was more than 18 feet away from him. Seconds earlier, he was just over ten feet away when he fired the taser at the cop.

Rofle also violated departmental policy for firing the taser during the chase. The cops have until Thursday at 6 p.m. to turn themselves in.

We will be updating this story as it develops. Watch the press conference below.

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supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

The cops have until Thursday at 6 p.m. to turn themselves in.
lets see if they RUN!
until we rid the blue lies mafia of there bad behavior, there will be more of them getting arrested!

Whats_N_A_Name
Whats_N_A_Name

Yup, I hate that the man got shot but you're drunk in a drive thru, fought with a cop, took his taser and fired it, nope sorry, there is not like the unarmed man running away scenario we are all too familiar with. We have to be honest and differentiate between unarmed person shot and armed person shot.

Libertarian
Libertarian

If this was a model with the capacity to fire twice without reloading, especially considering he fired once at the officer and did not drop the weapon, I consider this justified. As soon as he grabbed the taser he was a deadly threat to the officers. I still believe most of the taser usage on suspects to be not justified. Tasers are a deadly weapon. They kill people all the time. They were introduced to the public as an alternative to shooting people who are trying to do harm to themselves or others but are not necessarily an immediate danger. They quickly started being used for compliance. They should never be used for compliance. If someone points a taser at me, I consider that a threat of great bodily harm and will defend myself with deadly force if available, no matter what a statute says.


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