Former Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe, one of two charged in connection with Rayshard Brooks’ shooting death has turned himself shortly after his former colleague’s surrender.
Former Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe turned himself into Fulton County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according to WSB-TV. Officer Devin Brosnan turned himself into Fulton County Jail that morning. The pair had until 6 p.m. to surrender to authorities. Brosnan is currently out on bond. Rolfe remains in jail.
Brooks died on June 12 following an altercation with Rolfe and Brosnan. The incident occurred after an employee at a southwest Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant called 911 to report a car was blocking the drive-thru lane. When officers arrived, they found Brooks asleep at the wheel of the car. He was cooperative while he spoke to Rolfe and Brosnan and took a field sobriety test. Brooks failed the test and the pair tried to arrest him. A scuffle ensued and during the struggle, Brooks snatched one of their stun guns. One he had it, he took off running across the parking lot. He briefly pointed the Taser at the officers before Rolfe fired three shots, two of which hit Brooks in his back and the other hitting a nearby vehicle. He later died at a local hospital.
Fulton County’s district attorney Paul Howard announced charges against Rolfe and Brosnan on Wednesday. Brosnan was charged with aggravated assault and violation of the oath of office. Rolfe received 11 charges including felony murder, oath violation, criminal damage to property, and violation of oath.
Howard claimed Rolfe kicked Brooks and said “I got him” as he lay dying on the pavement. Brosnan reportedly stood on Brooks’ shoulders while he was on the ground. Howard noted Brooks “never presented himself as a threat” and seemed “almost jovial” while speaking to Rolfe and Brosnan. He also accused the suspects of failing to inform Brooks that he was under arrest.
“When we examined the videotape and in our discussions with witnesses, what we discovered is during the 2 minutes and 12 seconds, Officer Rolfe actually kicked Mr. Brooks while he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life,” Howard said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Secondly, from the videotape, we were able to see that the other officer, Officer Brosnan, actually stood on Mr. Brooks’ shoulders while he was there struggling for his life. “
These newly revealed details upset Tomika Miller, Brooks’ widow.
“I was very hurt,” she said after the announcement. “I felt everything that he felt just by hearing what he went through. And it hurt. It hurt really bad.”
After Howard’s announcement, there were rumors several Atlanta Police officers walked off their shift and would not respond to calls. APD denied the rumors but admitted there were more call-outs than usual.
“Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate,” APD tweeted. “The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call-outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents.”
CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” host Chris Cuomo asked Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms about the alleged strike on June 17, and she assured him the city had it handled.
“We do have enough officers to cover us through the night,” Bottoms said. “Our streets won’t be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out.”
International Brotherhood of Police Officers spokesman Vince Champion said there was a protest but it was not backed by the union. He said it was an expression of frustration.
Champion continued, “What it actually is is officers protesting that they’ve had enough and they don’t want to deal with it any longer.”
On Thursday, The Atlanta Police Foundation announced it would pay a $500 bonus to every working APD officer to thank them for their service, according to WSB-TV. The bonuses add up to more than $2 million and will not be funded by the city at all.