Officer Involved In Rayshard Brooks Death Faces Serious Charges
Police Officers serve their communities by working every day to keep us safe. They often see people at their worst and do their best to keep bad elements away from the general public. They put their lives on the line to do this and are not paid anywhere near what they should be. A big part of their job is quickly assessing a situation and determining the best course of action in seconds. If they feel that their life is in danger or the lives of the general public they have to act and there is really no time to second guess these decisions as they can mean life or death. Usually, these kinds of things are taken into consideration when an officer shoots a criminal, but with the whole BLM movement, it seems officers are no longer being given the same level of understanding. It really shows as the officer that shot Rayshard Brooks was just charged with murder and very well could end up facing the death penalty.
"Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer fired after the killing of Rayshard Brooks last week, now faces 11 charges including felony murder, which could potentially lead to the death penalty, a Georgia district attorney announced Wednesday.
A second officer, Devin Brosnan, is facing three charges, including aggravated assault. Brosnan has agreed to testify in the case against Rolfe, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said at a news conference.
Brooks was shot and killed outside a Wendy’s restaurant where he’d apparently fallen asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test -- and ultimately was seen wrestling with the officers and running with one of their Tasers leading up to the shooting.
"We've concluded, at the time Mr. Brooks was shot, that he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said at a news conference Wednesday.
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But Officer Rolfe claims he was fearing for his life.
“Officer Rolfe heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him,” Rolfe's Lawyer said. “Fearing for his safety, and the safety of the civilians around him, Officer Rolfe dropped his Taser and fired his service weapon.”
This was not premeditated, if you watch the footage the police were going to let Brooks just sleep it off in the parking lot, it's just that he was too drunk to understand that he needed to leave the drive-thru lane. He stole the taser from one of officers and became violent. Rolfe could have thought that he took his gun too. In this climate I would hate to be a cop, not only is there talk of defunding the police, it appears the police have lost the trust of the people, or at least half of them.