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Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:07 am
The decision on whether to bring charges against the cop who shot Brooks has big political overtones. The primary for district attorney (for all practical purposes the only election that matters) in Fulton County was held last week and the incumbent Paul Howard finished second and will be in a runoff with one of his former underlings. There have been charges of corruption and malfeasance against Howard recently, leading to two of his former associates to challenge him last week. If Howard has any hope of holding onto his job, I don't think he can afford not to bring some sort of murder charges in the Brooks case.
Not surprisingly, the Atlanta DA charged ex-Officer Rolfe with felony murder. Also not surprisingly, Officer Brosnan will testify against him. What is a bit surprising and should shut up those who were saying that Brooks deserved what he got because he was resisting arrest or firing a taser at the cops:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/17/us/raysh ... index.html
After shooting Brooks, Rolfe said "I got him" and kicked him, and Brosnan then stood on Brooks' shoulder, [DA Paul] Howard said. The officers did not provide medical aid to Brooks for more than two minutes after he was shot, Howard said. Their demeanor after the shooting "did not reflect any fear or danger of Mr. Brooks, but reflected other kinds of emotions," Howard said. Three of the counts against Rolfe are for aggravated assault related to a bullet he fired that hit an occupied vehicle nearby in the Wendy's lot. Brosnan's three charges include two counts of violations of oath of office. Rolfe was fired and Brosnan was placed on administrative duty in the wake of the shooting.
Rolfe, the officer who shot and killed Brooks, had several citizen complaints on his disciplinary record, all with notes that no action was taken, according to records released by the Atlanta Police Department. He was also the subject of a 2016 use-of-force complaint that resulted in a written reprimand in 2017, the records show.
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