Two Atlanta Police Officers engaged in the killing of an African American, Rayshard Brooks has been charged with Felony murder, after fatally shooting the victim.
The police officers, Garret Rolfe and Devin Brosnan were again charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and violation of oath.
The District Attorney’s office in Atlanta announced this at a press conference on Wednesday.
Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, who made the announcement said Garrett Rolfe faces 11 total counts, while Devin Brosnan faces three charges.
Attorney Howard explained that after Rayshard was killed, Ex-Officer Rolfe said “I got him” and kicked his body while the other officer Brosnan stood on the victim’s body.
“When we examined the videotape and in our discussions with witnesses, what we discovered is during the two minutes and 12 seconds, Officer Rolfe actually kicked Mr Brooks while he laid on the ground while fighting for his life,”
He explained that the videotape showed that the victim never presented himself as a threat, and appeared almost jovial.
He said, “Brooks almost followed every instruction from the officers and was never informed that he was under arrest for driving under the influence”.
He, therefore, asked both officers to surrender by 6: 00 PM on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
However, the attorney of Rolfe justifying his actions, said the officer feared for his as well as lives of the people in the parking lot when he fired his weapon.
He, however, has been fired by the Atlanta Police Department facing 11 counts.
People visited the memorial on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, where Rayshard Brooks was murdered.
The 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks is married to Tomika Miller and has three daughters and a stepson.
He was shot more than two times in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant on June 12, 2020, and died shortly upon reaching the hospital.
This happened after a Wendy’s restaurant employee made a call to the police that a customer was parked in the middle of a drive-through, forcing cars to go around his vehicle.
The death sparked protests in the city and led to the resignation of Police Chief, Erika Shields, less than 24 hours later.
His death has been ruled as a homicide.