ATLANTA (AP) – The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks will appear in court Tuesday to ask a judge to release him from prison while his case is pending.
Garrett Rolfe, who is white, is convicted of murder and other allegations of murdering the black man, which took place during nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism following the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis officer.
Police station cameras showed Rolfe and another officer in a quiet and respectful conversation with Brooks for more than 40 minutes after complaints that Brooks had fallen asleep in his car in a Wendy’s driveway on June 12.
But when officers told him he had been drinking too much to drive and tried to handcuff him, Brooks resisted. A struggle was caught on the dash camera’s video. Brooks grabbed one of their Tasers and fled, firing the Taser at Rolfe as he walked away.
An autopsy revealed that Brooks had been shot twice in the back.
Rolfe was fired and the other officer, Devin Brosnan, was given a desk. The police chief resigned less than 24 hours after the shooting.
27-year-old Rolfe has now been charged a total of 11 times and has scheduled a bond hearing on Tuesday afternoon. A crime murdered is punishable by a minimum life sentence. Brosnan, 26, has been charged with serious assault and violating his oath.
Lawyers for both men said their actions were justified.
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