Atlanta Cop Charged (overcharged?) with Felony Murder, Faces Electric Chair in Rayshard Brooks Killing

Officer Garrett Rolfe faces 11 charges and Devin Brosnan, the other officer involved in the killing, is facing three charges


“We have concluded at the time Mr Brooks was shot that he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers,” Howard said.

Guardian: The Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction faces 11 charges, including felony murder, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Brooks, who was black, posed no threat when he was gunned down and that the white officer kicked him and offered no medical treatment as he lay dying on the ground.

Brooks was holding a stun gun he had snatched from officers but was 18ft, 3in away when he was shot by Officer Garrett Rolfe and was running away at the time, District Attorney Paul Howard said in announcing the charges five days after the killing outside a Wendy’s restaurant rocked the city.

The shooting sparked new demonstrations in Georgia’s capital against police brutality, after occasionally turbulent protests in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis had largely simmered down. The Atlanta police chief, Erika Shields, resigned less than 24 hours after Brooks died.


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  1. It’s hard to believe that this really happened, right after the George Floyd incident. You’d think the cop would have thought twice before pulling the trigger? On the other hand, the man was drinking and driving and could have caused possible death if the police didn’t respond? The cops started off cordial, but the man resisted arrest. If a white man behaved the same way, he’d also be shot. This was not a racially motivated murder.

  2. He’s definitely been overcharged, you can’t charge someone with murder for what takes place while he is attempting to perform an officially sanctioned job where killing is sometimes required, even if he is grossly incompetent. The guy who graduated him from the police academy should be charged with murder…

  3. So from now on one can curse, fight, punch policemen in the face, take their weapon, fire that weapon at them and get away with murder, if you are a BLACK MAN! What do we call that? RACISM! That is not justice and upholding the LAW! From now on, who will guard the safety of the Public? BLACK THUGS?

    • Obviously Imre you are from a country where it is customary to shoot people in the back while they are running away from you. This is why America needs stricter immigration laws, to make sure you stay there…

  4. if i, as a numbskull violent bully thug, join the police but can’t kill with impunity, then what’s the point of people like me joining the police?

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