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Fired cop charged with murder in shooting of Rayshard Brooks at Atlanta Wendy’s

Former Atlanta Police Department officer Garrett Rolfe searches 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s restaurant parking lot in a still image from the video body camera of officer Devin Bronsan in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. June 12, 2020.

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The former Atlanta officer who fatally shot a Black man in the back as he pointed a taser at the cops he was fleeing from has been charged with felony murder, a prosecutor announced Wednesday.

Garrett Rolfe, the fired officer who shot Rayshard Brooks, faces 11 charges in total, while another officer with him in the confrontation, Devin Brosnan, also faces charges including aggravated assault, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Paul Howard said at a news conference Wednesday that Brosnan stood on Brooks’ body after the shooting and Rolfe kicked him.

Brooks, 27, was killed in the parking lot of a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant on June 12 after the police were called about a man sleeping in his car in the drive-thru lane.

Brooks was questioned at length by the officers about his sobriety, body-cam and dash-cam footage of the incident showed. As officers moved to arrest Brooks, he pulled away, bringing him and the officers to the ground as he struggled to break free. Footage showed him grabbing one of the officers’ stun guns before appearing to run away.

As Rolfe gave chase, Brooks appeared to turn and point the stun gun at the officer, who pulled out his firearm and shot Brooks.

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