The Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks has been fired, and a 2nd officer is on administrative leave
The Atlanta Police Department released Garrett Rolfe after the police killed Rayshard Brooks' gunfire. The department put Devin Bronsan on the right on administrative leave.
Atlanta Police Department
The Atlanta Police Department confirmed to insiders that the officer who killed Rayshard Brooks on Friday was fired and a second officer was taken on administrative leave.
A police spokesman identified the officers as Garrett Rolfe and Devin Bronsan.
Rolfe opened fire on Brooks after a fight in which Brooks grabbed a taser and ran and turned to show him behind.
On Saturday, the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, asked for the official to be released, and police chief Erika Shields resigned.
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A Atlanta police officer was released after firing a deadly shot of Rayshard Brooks in front of a Wendy on Friday when he ran away with a taser, a police spokesman told Insider.
The spokesman identified the officer as Garrett Rolfe, who has been with the Atlanta Police Department since 2013. A second official involved in the incident was put on administrative leave and identified as Devin Bronsan, who was hired in 2018.
The previous Saturday, the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, asked for the official's dismissal and said she did not believe the shootout was warranted. Police chief Erika Shields resigned less than 24 hours after Brooks' death.
Rolfe opened fire on Brooks while he ran away and showed a taser after an argument with Rolfe and Bronsan.
The surveillance material showed how a police officer killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in front of a Wendy on 12 June after a taser fight.
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The fatal shots triggered a new wave of protests in Atlanta that had been protests against racism and police brutality for weeks after George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.
On Saturday, demonstrators set fire to the Wendy's where Brooks was shot and blocked the lanes on a nearby freeway. The police also reacted violently to disperse the crowd with tear gas and lightning.
The deadly encounter began after police received a complaint, according to the George Bureau of Investigation, that Brooks was sleeping in his car while driving through. The GBI said officials first conducted a field sobriety test and Brooks opposed the arrest after failing the test.
But lawyers representing Brooks' family said the GBI report was wrong. One of the lawyers, L. Chris Stewart, said witnesses told him that the officials had not done a field sobriety test - instead, they appeared to be having a civilian conversation with Brooks before suddenly trying to arrest him.
Stewart also said Brooks had not blocked the transit line when he was sleeping in his car.
Stewart said the officers should only have had a conversation with Brooks if they suspected he was drinking and avoided escalating the situation.
"Why was he arrested at all? You want to know how this could have been avoided?" Stewart said. "Talk to him. 'Hey buddy, you fell asleep in line, okay? Why don't you pull your car over there and call an Uber.' And then you go over there and then you go. Why is it so difficult for police officers? "
Stewart continued, "He hasn't done anything crazy or violent, or harmed anyone."
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