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  /  05.05.2021

The attorneys who represent the family of Rayshard Brooks slammed the city after Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, who was charged with murder for fatally shooting Brooks, was reinstated to the force.

On Wednesday (May 5), Attorney Chris Stewart spoke about the reinstatement, which the Atlanta Civil Service Board announced earlier that day. “We find it mind-boggling they weren’t aware of the proper procedure,” he said. “Was that done to temporarily pacify the protesters and people around the world who were upset?”

“Right now, Officer Rolfe has received more justice than the family of Rayshard Brooks,” Stewart added. Justin Miller, Stewart’s co-counsel, said Brooks’ family is disappointed and confused after hearing about the reinstatement.

Rolfe was fired last June one day after he shot and killed Brooks while responding to a 911 call stating that he fell asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru. Brooks reportedly failed a sobriety test and the officers tried to take him into custody. He resisted and reportedly stole one of their tasers. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Brooks aimed the taser at the officers before Rolfe fired his weapon.

Rolfe was charged with a total of 11 charges, including felony murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Officer Devin Brosnan, who was also at the scene of the shooting, was charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of violating his oath.

Back in February, Rolfe’s attorneys filed for the charges against their client to be dismissed. His case is currently in limbo as a judge has yet to rule who will handle the prosecution.

Last month, Rolfe filed an appeal to get his job back. His attorney Lance LoRusso told the city’s civil service board on April 22 that his client’s due process rights were “grossly violated” after he was terminated from the department. He also said that Rolfe was fired “without a proper investigation.”


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