Garrett Rolfe former Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks during an arrest attempt has filed a lawsuit against the mayor and interim police chief seeking to get his job back.
Rolfe is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the city’s interim police chief Rodney Bryant, claiming his June 13 firing — which came the day after Rayshard was killed — violates city policy and his constitutional right to due process.
In the lawsuit, according TMZ, Rolfe points out Rayshard violently resisted arrest before the fatal shooting — and explains, “within the scope and course of his duties” he used force. The ex-cop says his firing, which was announced by the mayor and then-Atlanta police chief Erika Shields, violated a law that he claims required proper investigation, notice, and a hearing before firing him.
Rolfe, accused of murder and currently issuing bonds, is gathering to be returned to the police force and is seeking reimbursement and assistance.
Meanwhile, Rayshard’s widow, Tomika Miller, supports a move from Fulton County District Attorney asking a judge to cancel Rolfe’s bond.
Rolfe claims that Brooks’ firing on June 13 the day after his death violated the city’s policy in a lawsuit filed at the Fulton County Supreme Court. Rolfe said in court documents that Brooks strongly resisted arrest and that shooting was justified. The 27-year-old boy is charged with heavy crime and other charges, and the bond is free.
Rolfe’s fire, announced by President Keisha Lance Bottoms and former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, “took place without investigation, without proper notification, pre-disciplinary hearing and direct violation of the municipal laws of the City of Atlanta”. litigation states.
Rolfe is trying to restore his business, alongside the missed repayment and benefits. His lawyer asked for a hearing on this matter. In addition to Bottoms, the case is called temporary Chef Rodney Bryant. The shields resigned after the shot.
“Contrary to the city policy, as well as the policies, procedures, traditions and practices of the Atlanta City Police Department, it has never been discussed by the Professional Standards Office or anyone involved in this incident to provide the petition. .
On the night of June 12, Rolfe tried to handcuff Brooks for the suspect DUI. Brooks fought both Rolfe and another officer, Devin Brosnan, and took Brosnan’s Taser, the line cam video seems to be showing. According to the researchers, Brooks was killed by two firearms fired by Rolfe.
APD previously said that Brosnan, who was later charged with violating aggravated assault and duty vow, was not fired but reassigned. Brosnan is also exempt from the vineyard.
Rolfe’s trial is the second lawsuit filed against the city in two months on behalf of former officers. In June, two Atlanta police officers sued after being fired after using their Missions during city protests.