The City Board ruled in favor of Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolf, who was removed the day after Rayard Brooks was shot.
A city employment board has overturned the shooting of a former Atlanta police officer accused of murder in the shooting death of an African-American man.
Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Ralph was fired from the force in June when he shot Rayard Brooks in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant. Rolph appealed to the Atlanta Civil Service Board, which ruled Wednesday that he should be reinstated.
“In accordance with the Atlanta Constitution, the Board stated in its decision that, due to a number of provisions of the Code and failure to comply with the information obtained during the witness testimony, the Board decided that the appellant was not carrying out his due process,” the board said in its decision.
“Therefore, the board granted Garrett Rolf’s application and dismissed him as an employee of the APD.”
Rolf’s lawyer, Lance Laruso, said the board’s ruling would have the effect that the police officer would not return to duty immediately but would remain on administrative leave awaiting the outcome of the charges against him.
Rolfe was charged June 12 after Brooks was shot twice in the back while fleeing police. His blood was more than the legal limit of alcohol Brooks fell asleep in his car and stuck the drive-throw lane. A Wendy’s restaurant
The police Body camera video The 2-year-old white man shows up as he fights with two white officers when they tell him he’s drunk too much to drive and tries to arrest him. Brooks grabbed a teaser from an officer and fled, firing at Rolf as he ran. An autopsy found it Brooks was shot twice Behind, and his rule of corona The cause of death was murder.
The protesters Took to the streets After the incident and Wendy’s restaurant burned down.
Rolph, who was fired after the shooting, faces charges including murder. Another officer, Devin Brosnan, was charged with aggravated assault and breach of oath. Counsel for both officers said their clients behaved appropriately and they are too Bond free.
Former Fulton County Attorney Paul Howard Bring charges Less than a week into the shooting against Rolf and Brosnan.
“Mr. Brooks never presented himself as a threat,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a June 18 indictment against Rolf and Brosnan. Howard says Brooks has never been aggressive.
“No medical assistance was given for about two minutes and 12 seconds after he was shot,” Howard said.
Howard’s successor, Fanny Willis, who took office in January, has twice asked Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr to reinstate the case, saying Howard’s move made it inappropriate for his office to handle the case. Carr denied that he said the potential problems were specific to Howard, so the responsibility for the case remained with his office.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher last month asked Willis last Monday to prove why he should not be added so he could make a decision on the matter.