Rayshard Brooks killing: Former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe has been charged with felony murder and several counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the killing of 27-year-old African-American father Rayshard Brooks.
Garrett Rolfe could face life without parole or the death penalty, a prosecutor said.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the charges at a Wednesday press conference in Atlanta.
Rolfe, a white officer, shot and killed Brooks on June 12 in a Wendy’s parking lot and was fired after footage of the incident gained national attention. Officer Devin Brosnan, who first responded to a call that Brooks was asleep in his car while parked in the drive-thru, was placed on administrative duty. He has also been charged with aggravated assault.
“Mr Brooks never presented himself as a threat,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L Howard Jr announced on Wednesday, adding Brooks never showed aggressive behaviour.
“After he was shot, for some two minutes and 12 seconds, no medical assistance,” said Howard.
He said during that time Rolfe kicked Brooks while he lay on the ground struggling for life.
Police officer Devin Brosnan, who was also on the scene, has become a state’s witness and will testify against Rolfe, Howard said – an unprecedented development in a case against a former police officer. But a lawyer for Brosnan said he has not agreed to be a prosecution witness and had not pleaded guilty to anything.
Brosnan faces three charges, including aggravated assault. Howard said Brosnan admitted he stood on Brooks’ shoulders after he was shot.
Brosnan’s lawyer, Amanda Clark Palmer, said the charges against him were baseless. She said Brosnan stood on the wounded man’s hand, not his shoulder, for a short period of time, seconds, to make sure Brooks did not have a weapon.
Howard said they are recommending Rolfe not receive bail.
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