Former police officer Gareth Rolfe, who shot deadly fleeing African-American Reichard Brooks in the back last week in Atlanta, Georgia, will be charged with murder and assault, officials say.
Gareth Rolfe, who has already been fired, faces 11 charges related to the death of Richard Brooks. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
The other officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, will testify as a prosecution witness in the case, officials said.
The case of Richard Brooks comes amid protests over the police killings of black Americans.
Deputies in Washington are currently discussing new laws to reform the police.
According to officials, this is the ninth time an Atlanta police officer has been prosecuted for murder.
They added that it was believed that for the first time a police officer would testify against a member of his own unit, although Devin Brosnan’s lawyer denied that his client was a witness in the case.
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President Donald Trump has said he is concerned about the way the case against Gareth Rolfe is being handled.
“I hope it will shake fairly, because in our country the police are not treated fairly,” said the president of Fox News.
“You can’t resist a cop like that,” he added, referring to the actions of Richard Brooks during the incident.
Reichard Brooks, 27, failed a sobering-up test on June 12 after he was found asleep in his car, which was blocking the lane at Wendy’s restaurant.
After stopping his car, the father of four looked slightly worse, but his behavior at the time of the incident was almost hilarious, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said on June 17.
For more than 40 minutes, a video showed Reichard Brooks complying with officers when agreeing to a gun search and providing them with his credentials.
However, as police tried to handcuff him, Reishard Brooks began to fight. Footage appears to show that Richard Brooks struck Gareth Rolfe, grabbed Devin Brosnan’s stunning pistol, and turned back as he ran to shoot Gareth Rolfe.
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Reichard Brooks received two gunshot wounds to the back that caused organ injuries and blood loss. A police bullet also struck a witness vehicle, nearly killing the driver, investigators said.
Prosecutors said Gareth Rolfe said: “I got it.”
More than two minutes after the shooting of Reichard Brooks, none of the officers provided medical assistance, as required by police, the prosecutor said.
Instead, Gareth Rolfe kicked Richard Brooks while he was on the ground.
Officer Devin Brosnan – who has already been placed on administrative leave – will be charged with assault, allegedly on the shoulder of Richard Brooks while dying.