Atlanta Officer Fired After Fatal Shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Lauren Hoffman
June 14, 2020 - 11:54 am
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    Atlanta officer Garrett Rolfe has been terminated after fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy's in Atlanta. 

    The firing comes after Erika Shields stepped down Saturday as Atlanta Police Chief. The killing of Brooks has sparked a new wave of protests in Atlanta, the AP reports

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Shields' resignation during a Saturday news conference and called for the firing of Rolfe. "I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force," she explained. 

    Rolfe was hired in October 2013, according to a release from spokesperson Sgt. John Chafee. 

    The police department has released body cam and dash camera footage from both officers, which highlight a struggle between Brooks and Rolfe after speaking to each other for about 20 minutes. Brooks is seen being tased before he is shot. 

    Protesters of the Friday shooting set fire to the Wendy's restaurant where it took place on Saturday night. 

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Shields' resignation during a Saturday news conference and called for the firing of Rolfe. 

    The altercation began with a complaint that Brooks was sleeping in a car that was blocking the Wendy's drive-thru lane, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.