Two police officers will NOT face charges after Rayshard Brooks was shot dead outside Wendy’s in Atlanta since their ‘deadly force was reasonable’
- Officer Rolfe, 27, shot Brooks, also 27, twice in the back as he ran from cops outside a Wendy’s in South Atlanta
- Rolfe and his colleague, Officer Brosnan, were called to the fast food restaurant by customers who said a man was asleep at the wheel, blocking the drive-through
- Devin Brosnan and Garrett Rolfe will not face charges in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s in 2020
Two Atlanta Police Department officers will not face charges in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed two years ago outside a Wendy’s restaurant.
Officer Garrett Rolfe fatally shot Brooks, 27, twice in the back as he ran from cops outside the fast food store in South Atlanta in June 2020. The officers were trying to arrest him in the parking lot.
Rolfe and his colleague, Officer Devin Brosnan, were initially called to the restaurant by customers who said a man was asleep at the wheel, blocking the drive-through.
Brooks’ death sparked fierce protests – having occurred just weeks after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. The Wendy’s that Brooks was shot dead at was burned to the ground by protestors the following day.
But now, the amount of deadly force used by the cops has been deemed ‘reasonable’ and the case has been dropped.
Pete Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, made the announcement on Tuesday.
Garrett Rolfe will not face charges for the man’s death in June 2020, it was announced on Tuesday
Rayshard Brooks, 27, was killed by the shots when he fell asleep in the queue for the drive-thru in a Wendy’s in Atlanta
Skandalakis said: ‘Based on the facts and circumstances confronting Officer Rolfe and Officer Brosnan in this case, it is my conclusion the use of deadly force was objectively reasonable and that they did not act with criminal intent.’
Brooks had fallen asleep at the wheel in a drive-thru line for about 40 minutes – and when the officers attempted to arrest him on a DUI charge, he resisted.
The man consented to a portable field alcohol test and it was returned with a result above the legal limit of .08 blood alcohol content.
As soon as the officers subsequently tried to detain him, Brooks started ‘beating the c**p out of the two officers,’ Former Gwinnett County DA Danny Porter said.
Both officers fell to the ground during the incident as Brooks struggled with them. Brosnan hit his head during the fall, causing him to have a head concussion.
Brooks then took Brosnan’s Taser and was seen aiming it at Rolfe – firing once and missing.
Officer Devin Brosnan (in mugshot) was charged with aggravated assault and violating his oath. He will not face any charges
Officer Devin Brosnan is seen on the right, during the fatal encounter with Brooks on June 12, 2020
The Wendy’s where Brooks was shot and killed was set alight on June 13, 2020
The burnt remains of the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed after it was torched two years ago
Officer Rolfe then fired three bullets at Brooks, hitting him twice in the back and ultimately killing the man.
Rolfe, a six-year police veteran, was previously terminated from the Atlanta Police Department and charged with 11 counts over Brooks’ death, including felony murder. He was then reinstated into his position in May 2021.
Porter added on Tuesday that he found the cops acted within the realms of Georgia’s laws and the policies of the Atlanta police department.
Skandalakis told a press conference: ‘Black lives do matter. I’ve spent my entire career representing black victims of crime. I understand that the encounters between police and the African-American community at times are very volatile.
‘But I would ask them to look at the facts of this case, and this isn’t one of those cases… This is a case in which the officers were willing to give Mr. Brooks every benefit of the doubt, and unfortunately, by his actions, this is what happened.’