Former Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks files lawsuit over wrongful firing

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 6th, 2020 3:26 pm

Last Updated Aug 7th, 2020 at 2:45 pm

The former Atlanta police officer who is currently facing a felony murder charge for the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot in June filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the mayor and the city police department.

Garrett Rolfe, who was fired from the Atlanta Police Department the morning after his altercation with Brooks, claimed his dismissal was carried out "without an investigation, without proper notice, and without a pre-disciplinary hearing."

He also said the department's actions were "in direct violation of the municipal code of the City of Atlanta."

The lawsuit names Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant as defendants. Rolfe is asking officials to reinstate him to the police force and provide back pay for the time he was unemployed.

On June 12, Rolfe and fellow officer Devin Brosnan were involved in a struggle with Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot. Body cam footage showed that Brooks grabbed an officers stun gun at one point. As Brooks was running away, he turned and fired it at an officer. Rolfe retrieved his gun and shot Brooks.

Rolfe is facing 11 charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault.


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