Atlanta Police Officers Walk Off the Job in Protest of Charges Against Garret Rolfe – Officer Who shot Rayshard Brooks

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Multiple sources are confirming that large numbers of police officers in the Atlanta Police Department have walked off the job in protest of the charges against Garret Rolfe. Rolfe shot and killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks last Friday in a Wendy’s parking lot after Brooks resisted arrest, wrestled with Rolfe and another officer, Devin Brosnan, got control of one of the officers’ taser-weapons and used it on Rolfe as he was attempting to flee the scene.

Rolfe received 11 charges for the incident, including felony murder, and could receive the death penalty if convicted of the murder charge. Brosnan faces 3 charges, including aggravated assault. It’s unclear which aggravated assault was being referred to as the only scuffle that occurred between the men happened when Brooks resisted arrest and began fighting with the officers.

When announcing the charges, Paul Howard, Fulton county’s district attorney suggested that Brosnan would testify against Rolfe in exchange for a lighter sentence. Vince Champion, southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police officers, said that was untrue.

“The attorney for the officer said that’s not true two minutes later, and said he’s not pleading guilty and not offering state’s evidence,” Champion said.

On Wednesday night, there were several reports that Atlanta police officers had walked off the job in protest.

Officers were responding only to calls of “officer down,” according to reports.

A spokesperson for the APD called the reports of a walkout “inaccurate.” The officers, they said, called out sick. They did not walk off.

“Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate,” the spokesperson said. “However, the department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call-outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations and remain able to respond to incidents throughout the city.”

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