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Atlanta policeman who shot Rayshard Brooks charged with felony murder


The white Atlanta policeman , Garret Rolfe who shot and killed a Black man , Rayshard Brooks, within the parking zone of a fast-food restaurant will face a charge of felony murder and 10 other charges.


Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard said Garrett Rolfe, who fired the fatal shots at Rayshard Brooks, could face a possible sentence of life without parole or the execution .

“We’ve concluded at the time that Mr. Brooks was shot that he did not pose a direct threat of death,” Howard said.
Rolfe, who has since been fired from the police department, was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon and violations of office, and other offenses punishable by decades behind bar.

The other officer, Devin Brosnan, who remains with the Atlanta police department and has been placed on administrative desk duty, is additionally facing charges. Among them is assault , which carries a possible sentence of 1 to twenty years in prison.

The district attorney said Brosnan is cooperating with prosecutors and can testify, saying it had been the first time in 40 such cases in which an officer had come to the fore to do so. But an attorney for Brosnan emphatically denied he had agreed to be a prosecution witness and said he wasn't pleading guilty to anything.

Arrests warrants are issued for both men.
The decision to bring charges comes five days after the officers were called to a Wendy's fast-food restaurant. They found Brooks asleep in his car, and he admitted to officers that he had been drinking earlier.

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