Who is Garrett Rolfe?
Garrett Rolfe is an who was reportedly placed on administrative leave after firing him for killing Rayshard Brooks after he was charged with the black man’s murder outside a Wendy’s last year. The Atlanta Civil Service Board announced its decision to reverse the termination of Rofle’s employment with the force Wednesday, saying the fired officer was ‘not afforded his right to due process.
Rolfe shot Brooks twice in the back as he ran from officers outside the fast-food joint in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 12.
The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot in June was wrongfully terminated, a board says. https://t.co/wykjcDwpHt
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How old is Garrett Rolfe?
Garrett Rolfe is 27 years old as of the year 2021.
Garrett Rolfe Update 2021
The white cop and fellow Officer Devin Brosnan, 26, had been called to the drive-thru by customers who said a man was asleep at the wheel.
Rolfe, a six-year police veteran, was charged with 11 counts over Brooks’ death including felony murder.
He was also fired by the Atlanta Police Department one day after the fatal shooting.
The suspected murderer and his legal team have repeatedly sought to discredit the investigation into Brooks’ death, including lodging the appeal over his firing, filing a lawsuit against the mayor and police chief and calling for the first DA prosecuting his case to be removed.
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‘Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process,’ the board concluded Wednesday.
‘Therefore, the Board grants the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD.’
However, the decision does not mean Rolfe will return to work as a law enforcement officer, his attorney Lance LoRusso told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. The terms of his bond over his criminal charges mean he is banned from possessing a firearm or being around other police officers.
‘He’d essentially be on administrative leave pending the outcome of the charges against them,’ LoRusso told the outlet.
Rolfe had lodged an appeal against his firing last month, claiming the force dismissed him without following the correct procedures.
In a hearing of the Atlanta Civil Service Board on April 22, his attorney LoRusso said Rolfe was not given enough time to respond to his ‘notice of proposed adverse action’ – typically a 10-day period – before he was fired.
He also argued that the then-police chief, Erika Shields, did not sign Rolfe’s dismissal form – and resigned her position that same afternoon.
Shields is now head of Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky.
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Instead, his dismissal form was signed by the assistant chief Todd Coyt, who testified that he believed Rolfe behaved appropriately during the fatal shooting.
He said Rolfe and Brosnan had ‘acted accordingly and… were trying to show compassion and did everything they could to calm the situation down.’
Rolfe’s attorney also said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms pushed for his immediate firing in a press briefing, leaving the officer without a fair amount of time to defend himself against his ousting.
‘It is clear that we do not have another day, another minute, another hour to waste,’ she said at the time.
The attorneys for Brooks’ family will hold a press conference at 1 pm Wednesday to respond to the board’s ruling.
Rolfe’s reinstatement does not have bearing on his murder charges. The officer was charged with felony murder and 10 other offenses over the shooting death of the father-of-four. He was released on June 30 after posting a $500,000 bond.
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In August, prosecutors asked a judge to revoke his bond saying he violated the terms of his release by traveling to Florida without permission. Brosnan was charged with aggravated assault and violating his oath.
He was not fired from the force but was placed on desk duty following the shooting. Both say that their actions were justified.
No date has yet been given for Rolfe’s murder trial, as the case is currently embroiled in legal limbo.