Fired Atlanta Officer Garrett Rolfe Charged with Murder, Could Face Death Penalty
A former Atlanta police officer was charged with murder Wednesday after he fatally shot a black man as he ran away with the officer’s Taser last week.
Garrett Rolfe, who was fired after shooting and killing 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, faced eleven criminal charges, including felony murder.
Officials said that Rolfe could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of the murder charge.
Prosecutors reviewed eight videos of the shooting and spoke with ten witnesses and determined that Brooks did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the police officers.
The officers did not provide timely medical attention to Brooks for two minutes after he was shot, and Rolfe kicked him as he was lying on the ground fighting for his life, according to officials.
Devin Brosnan, the second officer at the scene, faced three charges, including aggravated assault for standing or stepping on Brooks’ shoulder after he was shot.