Atlanta (AP) — Former Atlanta police officer lawyer fired himself on Thursday before being fired for shooting dead a black man, Rayshard Brooks, who had fled two white police officers after he resisted. Arrested one of them and fired a stun gun, who said he had no chance to defend.
On June 13, the day after Brooks’ death, police officer Garrett Rolf was fired “without proper investigation” by the city, Rolf lawyer Lance Rorusso told the city’s civil service committee to the client’s army. He said he insisted on returning. Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Last year’s encounter outside the Wendy’s restaurant calmed down, but quickly went out of control when Atlanta police handcuffed Brooks, 27, on suspicion of drunk driving and tried to arrest him.
Police chief Todd Koit told the board that he believed that Rolf and Devin Brosnan “have shown compassion and did everything they could to calm the situation.”
However, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said he believed Rolf should be fired soon. And LoRusso argued that the mayor’s needs prevented his clients from receiving enough time to protect themselves, and that Rolfe’s due process rights were “severely violated.”
Sgt. Interior investigator William Dean said the June hearing on Rolf’s employment situation was raised to respond to a press conference at 5 pm when the mayor announced his dismissal.
Rolf, whose testimony marked his first public comment since Brooks’ death, said he was unaware of his “employee response hearing” until 3:45 pm. Safety as Brooks’ shooting video became viral, causing widespread anger less than a month after George Floyd’s murder.
Rolf also testified that he did not allow police union official Ken Allen to represent him at the hearing.
City lawyer Allegra Lawrence Hardy argues that it is a reasonable decision to dismiss Rolf very quickly, and city policy states that the presence of police officers “impairs the effectiveness of others.” He said he admitted it.
“Keeping (Rolfe) active would have been very destructive,” Lawrence-Hardy said.
She said Wendy’s place was burned down the night after Brooks’ death. Later that week, Rolf was charged with a felony murder of Brooks’ death by former Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard.The proceedings were filed by a new district attorney, Fani Willis. Tried to leave her officeCiting concerns that her predecessor mishandled the case.
“I don’t know what else I’ve done,” said Dean, who was asked by Rorusso to appreciate what Rolf did himself on the night of Brooks’ death.
“Everything was perfect,” he said. “It was definitely a physical attack on the officers, and they tried to use the taser, but it wasn’t that deadly.”
Dean also testified that he could not recall another example in which police officers were dismissed on suspicion of using force without investigation.
Police responded to a complaint on June 12 that Brooks fell asleep in his car in Wendy’s drive-through lane. A police body camera video shows Brooks wrestling with two police officers after trying to arrest him for drinking too much to drive. Brooks picked up a taser gun from one of the officers and ran away, running and firing at Rolf. An autopsy revealed that Brooks had been shot twice on his back.
Rolf faces charges, including murder. Another officer, Devin Brosnan, was charged with weighted assault and breach of his oath. Lawyers on both officers say their clients are behaving properly and they are freely detained.
In closing arguments, Lawrence Hardy told the three boards that Rolf knew through his training that Brooks was not a threat to public security. She admitted that Brooks had fought the officer and grabbed Brosnan’s Taser gun before escaping. He accidentally fired at Brosnan.
According to Lawrence Hardy, Rolf would have known that Brooks had run out of cartridges.
“The city of Atlanta has the opportunity to be on the right side of history where police officers are responsible for their actions,” Lawrence-Hardy said. “Mr. Brooks didn’t have to die that night. He didn’t need that power.”
The board has not disclosed when the case will be decided.