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Former Atlanta Police Officer Charged With Felony Murder In Rayshard Brooks Death, Other Officer Will Testify Against Him

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The Atlanta Police Officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks as he ran away has been charged with felony murder. Also, the other officer involved in the shooting is willing to testify against the officer who killed Rayshard. More inside….

The Atlanta Police Officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot over the weekend has officially been charged.

Former officer Garrett Rolfe was reportedly brought up on felony murder charges and could face a possible sentence of life without parole or the death penalty. The former police officer was fired from the police department after the fatally shooting 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks.

And we know former officer Rolfe shot Rayshard in the back as he was running away from him because of bodycam, surveillance and cellphone footage captured of the shooting. Former officer Rolfe was charged with felony murder. If convicted of the murder charge, Rolfe could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Former Officer Rolfe was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violations of office. The second officer - Devin Brosnan - faces three charges, including aggravated assault for standing or stepping on Brooks' shoulder after he was shot.

Not only that, Brosnan has also agreed to be a state's witness and testify AGAINST Garrett Rolfe.  Prosecutors are recommending a bond of $50,000 in exchange for his cooperation.

After the autopsy report confirmed Rayshard was shot multiple times, with the fatal shot to the back, it was also revealed thanks to body cam footage that the officers were aware their lives were not in danger.

Rolfe said, ”I got him” and kicked Rayshard with force while he was dying, and never attempting to administer aid. The taser Rayshard reportedly took from theofficer had already been previously used multiple times, so, according to reports, would not work again.

CBS News reports:

The district attorney said Brosnan is one of the first officers in Fulton County to testify against someone in his own department.

Chris Stewart, an attorney for Brooks' family, praised Brosnan for his decision to testify. "Even in dark times like this, you have to try and see the light, and the positivity of this situation is the courageousness of officer Brosnan to step forward and say what happened was wrong," Steward said. "It is officers like that who change policing. I know he'll probably catch all kind of problems and hate. That's why you become a police officer: Do what's right."

As you know, Rayshard Brooks was gunned down in cold blood after the Atlanta police were called on him for falling asleep in the drive thru of a Wendy’s restaurant. After the police tried to place Rayshard under arrest for being intoxicated, a struggle ensued. It ultimately resulted in the death of a black man who was not armed with a gun.

Photo: 11 Alive Screenshot

 

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