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The dismissal of the former Atlanta police officer charged with the murder of Rayshard Brooks’ death has been reversed.
Garrett Rolfe was released in June, the day after he shot Brooks in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. The Atlanta Civil Service Board released its ruling on Rolfe’s appeal against his dismissal on Wednesday.
“Due to the city’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during the testimony, the board concludes that the appellant has not been granted due process,” the board said in its decision, according to information the news agencies. “Therefore the board upholds Garrett Rolfe’s appointment and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD.”
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Police responded to complaints on June 12 that Brooks fell asleep in his car on the thoroughfare of a Wendy’s restaurant. The police camera video shows the 27-year-old black man struggling with two white officers after they told him he drank too much to drive and tried to arrest him. Brooks grabbed a taser from one of the officers, fled, and fired it at Rolfe as he ran. An autopsy revealed that Brooks was shot twice in the back.
Rolfe, who was released after the shooting, is charged, among other things, with murder. The other officer, Devin Brosnan, was charged with aggravated assault and violation of his oath. The lawyers of both officers have stated that their clients have acted appropriately and that they are free.
The case has not yet been charged.
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Former Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard brought charges against Rolfe and Brosnan less than a week after the shooting. His successor, Fani Willis, who took office in January, has twice asked Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr to reassign the case. Howard’s actions made it inappropriate for her office to continue working on the case. Carr declined, saying the potential issues she cited were specific to Howard, so responsibility for the case remained with her office.
Fulton County Supreme Court Justice Christopher Brasher last month asked Willis to provide evidence as to why she should not be involved until last Monday in order for him to make a decision on the matter.