Officer Charged with Murder In Rayshard Brooks Shooting

(Wednesday, June 17, 2020) – Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia are hitting the Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks with nearly a dozen charges, including felony murder.

Brooks was shot twice in the back last Friday after a scuffle with police in which he was able to break flee with one of the officer’s stun guns.

Garrett Rolfe who has been fired from the police force is also accused of kicking Brooks while he lay on the ground and the other officer Davin Brosnan stood on Brooks’ shoulders as the father of 4 struggled for life, said Attorney Paul Howard at a Wednesday press conference.

The Brooks shooting has touched off even more protests in Georgia, which has already been on edge from demonstrations in the George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

Brooks was shot last Friday in a Wendy’s parking after police were called to the area over complaints of a car blocking the drive-thru lane.  An officer found brooks sleep behind the wheel and called for another officer to do field sobriety testing.  Police body cam video shows Brooks and the officers talking for nearly 40 minutes before they tried to handcuff him and that’s when things turned sour.

Brooks’ widow and family attorney attended today’s announcement of the charges.

Brosnan is charged with aggravated assault and other crimes.  He has been placed on administrative leave.