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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

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. "Due to the City's failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses' testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process," the board said in its decision, according to news outlets. "Therefore, the Board grants the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD."


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Police responded June 12 to complaints that Brooks had fallen asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane of a Wendy's restaurant. Police body camera video shows the 27-year-old Black man struggling with two white officers after they told him he'd had too much to drink to be driving and tried to arrest him. Brooks grabbed a Taser from one of the officers and fled, firing it at Rolfe as he ran. An autopsy found that Brooks was shot twice in the back.


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... the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process ...

The Atlanta Civil Service Board's decision to reverse seems to be the correct one.

And whoever processed the firing needs to be examined to see if they are qualified to do their job.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-05 02:34 PM | Reply

Stay classy, police!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-05 04:13 PM | Reply

Nothing earns the public trust more than reinstating a cop accused of murder to the police force.

Really helps people know what side their bread is buttered on.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-05 04:16 PM | Reply


It was purely a political and fiscal maneuver, completely planned out based on rational decision making. There was a genuine fear of violent backlash within the community. They knew firing him in the way they did would be cheaper and more beneficial politically as everything plays out. The firing was meant to look as a knee-jerk reaction so that it would be summarily overturned.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-05-05 04:23 PM | Reply

#4 I agree with everything you said. This is the equivalent of running a fake news story at a headliner, then printing the retraction at the bottom of the back page a few days later.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-05 04:53 PM | Reply

It's murder. Period.

You can't use Deadly Force in Georgia unless you are threatened with Death or Great Bodily Injury. The Victim had a Taser that had already been fired twice and couldn't be used again before he was shot in the back. The officer almost hit three civilians as well when he fired wildly at the fleeing Victim. If they want to argue the Taser is capable of Death or Great Bodily Injury, they would have to stop carrying them. Did I mention the Taser was empty when he was shot or that he was shot in the back?

The Atlanta Civil Service Board made the right decision under the code. But there is nothing stopping the City from following the code and firing the officer again.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-05-06 11:44 AM | Reply

It is possible to f up firing a murderer, but they can try again.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2021-05-06 01:51 PM | Reply

"...the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process..."

Neither was Rayshard Brooks.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-06 06:42 PM | Reply

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