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White cop Garrett Rolfe charged with killing Rayshard Brooks

Recently released bodycam footage shows the moments before Rashard Brooks was shot to death by Atlanta Police officer Garret Rolfe. (PIcture: APD)

A policeman filmed shooting a black man dead outside a fast-food restaurant has been charged with murder.

Ex-Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was formally charged with felony murder Wednesday, after he killed 37-year-old Rayshard Brooks on June 12.

Brooks was killed after Rolfe and a colleague found him sleeping in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru in Atlanta. According to the prosecutor, Rolfe kicked Brooks during the incident as he was on the ground fighting for his life.

‘Officer Rolfe actually kicked Mr. Brooks while he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life,’ the district attorney said, adding that the second officer, identified as Devin Bronsan, stepped on his shoulder. Bronsan has been placed on administrative leave and the police chief, Erika Shields, resigned in the wake of the incident which sparked protests in Atlanta.

The incident reportedly began after Bronsan found Brooks asleep in the ‘middle of the drive-thru line’ and woke him up. The officer tells Brooks to pull into a parking spot. He then calls for backup for a DUI-certified officer, which is when Officer Rolf arrives.

Rolfe asks Brooks numerous questions including whether he knows where he is and if he had been drinking. Brooks eventually tells the officer that he had ‘one-and-a-half’ margaritas and agrees to take a breathalyzer test, according to body camera footage released.

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An undated handout photo made available by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) on 14 June 2020 shows APD Officer Devin Bronsan in Atlanta ,Georgia, USA. Bronsan has been placed on administrative duty by the Atlanta Police Department for his involvement in the deadly shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks on 12 June 2020 in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields has stepped down in the wake of the shooting. EPA/ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Bronsan has been placed on administrative duty by the Atlanta Police Department for his involvement in the deadly shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooksv (Picture: EPA)

After the test, Rolfe tells Brooks, ‘I think you’ve had too much to drink to be driving’ and attempts to take Brooks into custody, but a struggle breaks out.

The officers can be heart shouting at Brooks to ‘stop fighting’ and ‘you’re going to get Tased.’

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An officer can be heard screaming, ‘hands of the Taser’ as the bodycam falls to the ground. An officer can then be heard saying, ‘He’s got my fucking taser.’

Rolfe can be seen drawing his weapon and three shots are heard in the footage, but the actual shooting was not seen because the camera was on the ground pointing up at the sky.

Dashcam footage shows Brooks and the two officers wrestling on the ground before Brooks rises out of the scrum with a taser. He and one of the officers is seen running out of the frame in the footage that ends with the second officer firing his Taser.

Security footage taken from the Wendy’s parking lot, which was released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, shows Brooks running away from the officers when he was shot. He was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries after surgery.

In the aftermath of the shooting – and as protests continue across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death – demonstrators burned the Wendy’s where Brooks was killed to the ground while demanding justice.

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