Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced on Wednesday he is charging former Officer Garrett Rolfe with 11 counts, including felony murder and aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and violations to his oath of office in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta.
Officer Devin Brosnan, who is currently on administrative duty, faces 3 charges including aggravated assault.
Howard said the district attorney’s office was able to interview 10 witnesses to the shooting and watch eight videos that recorded the event, which included surveillance, body camera and personal cellphone video. They also viewed physical evidence, including inspecting the crime scene, canvassing the area and examining the Tasers that were used prior to bringing these charges against the officers.
Howard said they concluded from witness statements and the videos that Brooks never presented himself as a threat.
“Even though Mr. Brooks was slightly impaired, his demeanor during this incident was almost jovial,” Howard said. “For 41 minutes and 17 seconds he followed every instruction, he answered the questions. Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds.”
Howard said following the shooting, the officers failed to give Brooks any medical attention for two minutes and 12 seconds.
“During that two minutes and 12 seconds, Officer Rolfe actually kicked Mr. Brooks as he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life,” Howard said. “Officer Brosnan actually stood on Mr. Brooks shoulder.”
Howard said that Rolfe kicked Rayshard Brooks “while he laid on ground, while he was there fighting for his life” after he was shot.
He noted that the other officer on the scene, Devin Brosnan, stood on Brooks’ shoulders “while he struggled for his life.”
“Once Mr. Brooks was shot, there is an Atlanta policy that requires that the officers have to provide timely medical attention to Mr. Brooks or to anyone who is injured. But after Mr. Brooks was shot, for some period of two minutes and 12 seconds, there was no medical attention applied to Mr. Brooks,” the district attorney said.
BREAKING: Fulton County DA on actions of officers after Rayshard Brooks was shot: "Officer Rolfe actually kicked Mr. Brooks while he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life." A second officer stood on Brooks' shoulders, the DA says. https://t.co/VR0y9oxKzu pic.twitter.com/XPTtOFgVHG
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At the news conference, Howard displayed a photo he said shows Rolfe kicking Brooks after he had been shot.
There were audible gasps in the room as Howard revealed the shocking image.