Atlanta police records show that the former officer now charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot last week has been investigated by the department’s Office of Professional Standards 12 times, WXIA reported.
In one of those, Garrett Rolfe received a written reprimand in 2017 for a use of force violation involving a firearm in 2016. The records released by the police contain no details and are merely a summary of Rolfe’s disciplinary record.
Rolfe also received a written reprimand in September 2018 for a vehicle accident and an oral admonishment in 2014 for a vehicle accident.
Rolfe joined the Atlanta Police Department in October 2013 and was fired last week after shooting Brooks in the back when Brooks, 27, scuffled with him and Officer Devin Brosnan, stole a Taser, and fled, as CrimeOnline reported. The incident began when someone reported a man asleep in his car in the Wendy’s drive-thru line. Brosnan arrived first and spoke with Brooks, who moved his car out of the line. The conversation was calm, even after Rolfe arrived. But when Rolfe decided to arrest him, Brooks bolted. All three men scuffled. Brooks took the Taser and ran, at one point appearing to fire over his shoulder at the pursuing Rolfe, who fired three shots. Two of them hit Brooks in the back, and the third hit a vehicle in the parking lot.
Brooks died in surgery after the shooting.
The other incidents on Rolfe’s report include four more vehicle accident in which he was exonerated, four citizen complaints in which he was either exonerated or the charge against him was not sustained, another firearm discharge in 2015 that has no disposition included, and the June 13 shooting of Brooks.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced 11 charges, including murder, against Rolfe on Wednesday, CrimeOnline reported. Brosnan will be charged with aggravated assault and other charges, Howard said, adding that Brosnan was cooperating with his office as a witness.
The shooting sparked a massive protest, resulting in the Wendy’s restaurant being set ablaze. Authorities are currently searching for the suspect accused of starting the fire. A $20,000 reward is being offered by the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Georgia Arson Control Board, to anyone who can give information leading to an arrest.
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[Featuted image: Rayshard Brooks/Facebook]