Photo: AJC/Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office
  /  06.30.2020


On Tuesday (June 30), a bond hearing was held for former officer Garrett Rolfe before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick. The ex-cop is currently facing 11 charges, including felony murder, for his involvement in the fatal June 12 shooting of Rayshard Brooks.

According to WSBTV, Judge Barwick issued a $500,000 bond to Rolfe, with certain conditions. He has to wear an ankle monitor, surrender his passport, cannot carry or possess any firearms, cannot have any contact with any of Brooks’ family or any witnesses, cannot have any contact with any other police officers and follow a 6 am to 6 pm curfew, with exceptions for work, legal or medical care.

Rolfe’s attorneys Noah Pines and Bill Thomas admitted 28 character letters to the state on behalf of their client. The state asked for Rolfe to disclose the password to his cellphone and give them any communications he had with other officers since the shooting. The judge did not grant that request and said that those issues were for another hearing.

Brooks was shot and killed on June 12 after law enforcement responded to a 911 call stating that he fell asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru. He reportedly failed a sobriety test and officers tried to take him into custody. He resisted and reportedly stole one of their tasers as he ran away.

On June 17, District Attorney Paul Howard announced that Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, the other cop on the scene, were facing multiple charges. He also revealed details about the investigation such as the officers not providing medical attention to Brooks for almost two minutes after he was shot.

Howard also said that video surveillance showed Rolfe kicking the victim while he was on the ground “fighting for his life” and Brosnan stepping on his shoulder.



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