Charges Brought Against Officers Involved in Rayshard Brooks Killing
Charges have been brought against the officers involved in the killing of Rayshard Brooks, and new information is revealed by the DA:
The Fulton County district attorney has issued arrest warrants in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.
DA Paul Howard said he is charging Officer Garrett Rolfe with 11 counts including felony murder and aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and violations to his oath of office.
Officer Devin Brosnan is being charged with aggravated assault and two violations of oath of office.
Howard said the DA’s office was able to interview 10 witnesses to the shooting and watch eight videos that recorded the incident. Those videos included surveillance, body cam and personal cellphone video. They also viewed physical evidence including inspecting the crime scene, canvassing the area and examining the Tasers that were used prior to bringing these charges against the officers.
Howard said they concluded from witness statements and the videos that Brooks never presented himself as a threat.
“Even though Mr. Brooks was slightly impaired, his demeanor during this incident was almost jovial,” Howard said. “For 41 minutes and 17 seconds he followed every instruction, he answered the questions. Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds.”
Howard said following the shooting, the officers failed to give Brooks any medical attention for 2 minutes and 12 seconds.
“During that 2 minutes and 12 seconds, Officer Rolfe actually kicked Mr. Brooks as he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life,” Howard said. “Officer Brosnan actually stood on Mr. Brooks shoulder.”
Howard said his office concluded at time of Brooks’ death, he did not pose a threat to the officers. He said Brooks was running away from the officers when Rolfe shot him in the back two times.
“We have also concluded that Rolfe was aware that the Taser in Brooks’ possession, it was fired twice, and once it’s fired twice it presented no danger to him or to any other persons,” Howard said.
Howard said Rolfe exclaimed, “I got him,” after shooting Brooks two times.
Brosnan has now become a state witness, and has admitted he was standing on Brooks’ shoulder following his death.