Garrett Rolfe Wiki – Biography
Garrett Rolfe kicking Rayshard Brooks after shooting him, the Fulton County District Attorney said June 17 as he announced a slew of criminal charges against the officer. The other officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, admitted standing on Brooks’ body after Brooks was shot, according to the DA. Be forewarned that the images are disturbing.
Here’s the disturbing photo:
— Xeni (@xeni) June 17, 2020
The moment was also captured on video:
— Omar Moore (@thepopcornreel) June 17, 2020
Here’s the moment Brosnan stood on Brooks.
The moment when Atlanta police Ofc. Devin Brosnan stood on the shoulder of #RayshardBrooks after Brooks was shot. @PaulHowardDA says Brosnan admitted to standing on his arm to make sure Brooks didn’t have a weapon. Brooks was unarmed. The ofcs searched him before he was shot. pic.twitter.com/DsCihKrYkj
— Shiba Russell (@ShibaRussell) June 17, 2020
Garrett Rolfe Age
Garrett Rolfe’s age is unclear.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, in announcing the charges, described Brooks as not being a threat because he was cooperative initially with officers. “Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior” during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds with the officers before they tried to put handcuffs on him, the DA said. The DA said that Brooks was 18 feet, 3 inches away, and running away when Rolfe shot him. He accused Rolfe of not immediately giving Brooks medical aid.
“Brooks never presented himself as a threat,” Howard said. Brooks was shot twice in the back, according to AJC.com.
The DA announced that Rolfe will face 11 charges, including felony murder with an underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property, violation of his oath and aggravated assault for kicking Brooks when he was on the ground, according to Howard. If Rolfe is convicted, he faces the death penalty or life in prison, the DA said in a news conference.
Rolfe’s attorneys released a statement saying that “Mr. Brooks violently attacked two officers and disarmed one of them. When Mr. Brooks turned and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe, any officer would have reasonably believed that he intended to disarm, disable, or seriously injure him,” according to AJC.
According to journalist Doug Dunbar of CBS 11, “DA shares a still image of officer Garrett Rolfe who shot #RayshardBrooks kicking Brooks after he went down. The second image shows 2nd officer standing on top of Brooks after being shot. 2nd officer has admitted this and has offered to testify against officer Rolfe.” Brosnan is facing three charges as well, including aggravated assault for standing on Rayshard Brooks’ shoulder. He’s cooperating with the state.
DA shares a still image of officer Garrett Rolfe who shot #RayshardBrooks kicking Brooks after he went down. Second image shows 2nd officer standing on top of Brooks after being shot. 2nd officer has admitted this and has offered to testify against officer Rolfe .. pic.twitter.com/lTK4b8ZnWD
— Doug Dunbar (@cbs11doug) June 17, 2020
Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Brooks, was previously fired as the city erupted in protests and riots in the wake of Brooks’ death outside a Wendy’s restaurant. Brosnan, who was at the scene but didn’t fire, was initially placed on administrative leave.
Body Cam Video
Bodycam video from the scene was released previously.
The shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. June 12. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation wrote that it had “obtained additional surveillance video from Wendy’s restaurant. Agents have also reviewed video posted on social media. These new videos indicate that during a physical struggle with officers, Brooks obtained one of the officer’s Tasers and began to flee from the scene. Officers pursued Brooks on foot and during the chase, Brooks turned and pointed the Taser at the officer. The officer fired his weapon, striking Brooks.”
Stephanie Walsh, an ABC producer, wrote, “Officer Garrett Rolfe has been terminated by Atlanta PD in the Officer-involved shooting of #RayshardBrooks. He had been on the job since 2013, according to Atlanta PD.” The Atlanta department previously noted on Facebook that Rolfe was part of the Atlanta Police Department’s High-Intensity Traffic Team Unit, mentioning that unit “for their recognition during the 15th Annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Golden Shield Honors.”
“The HITT Unit works to reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths in the City of Atlanta, especially involving impaired drivers. (Another officer and) Officer Garrett Rolfe was awarded silver pins for making between 50 to 99 Driving Under the Influence arrests in the past year. We thank the unit for making our roads safer for all of Atlanta’s drivers.”
In a 2019 post, Atlanta police referenced Rolfe, writing, “The @Chickfila Kickoff Game between Alabama Football and Duke Football just started. Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe from the High-Intensity Traffic Team (HITT) unit and (another officer) from the Auto Crimes Enforcement (ACE) unit wish Bama good luck. Welcome to Atlanta. #RollTide #Atlanta #LaborDayWeekend.” A local radio station gave a donation to Rolfe as part of an effort to help officers enrolled full-time in college while they served.
According to AJC, Rolfe, in April, “took a nine-hour course on de-escalation options…on Jan. 9, Rolfe was trained on the use of deadly force at the DeKalb County police academy.”
A local defense attorney who specializes in DUI previously wrote, “Atlanta Police recently announced receiving a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for a H.E.A.T. unit concentrating on DUI detection. (Another officer), Garrett Rolfe, (and two other officers) will be part of the H.E.A.T. unit.”
Here are some of the videos showing the Wendy’s on fire as unrest broke out throughout Atlanta in the wake of the shooting:
Wendy’s is on fire. pic.twitter.com/YloSVV2AKQ
— The Atlanta Voice (@theatlantavoice) June 14, 2020
After setting Wendy’s is on fire, the protesters/rioters now set other small fires & looting a gas station.
Fire department is not responding due to unsafe conditions & the crowd is still growing. #AtlantaRiot#LawAndOrderpic.twitter.com/asya112LA1
— ∼Marietta (@ThisIsMarietta) June 14, 2020