Firing Of Atlanta Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Reversed
The firing of the former Atlanta police officer who’s charged with murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks has been reversed.
Garrett Rolfe was fired in June, a day after he shot Brooks in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. The Atlanta Civil Service Board on Wednesday released its decision on Rolfe’s appeal of his firing.
Based on the city's failure to comply with some provisions of its code and on witness testimony, the board says it concluded Rolfe wasn't given due process before he was fired.
Officer Rolfe has criminal charges related to this incident and will remain on administrative leave until those charges are resolved.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued the following statement:
Given the volatile state of our city and nation last summer, the decision to terminate this officer, after he fatally shot Mr. Brooks in the back, was the right thing to do. Had immediate action not been taken, I firmly believe that the public safety crisis we experienced during that time would have been significantly worse.