Firing Atlanta police officer shot dead Rashard Brooks Says he was unjustly terminated and wants to be reinstated, even facing charges in the shooting.
Officer Garrett Rolf His lawyer was dismissed “without a proper investigation” Lance LoRusso Said last week, and he is arguing for the city’s Civil Service Board to return to the department, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reports.
Last June 12, Rolf attempted to arrest Brooks when 27-year-old Dew was found in suspicion while he was sleeping in Wendy’s drive-through line. Their conversation, seen on video, was quiet at first, but spiraled out of control when Rolf tried to handcuff Brooks. After a skirmish with Rolf and another officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, Tusser Brooks’ attempt failed. Rolf fired at Brooks as he ran.
Rolf was fired the next day and charged by the then Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney Paul howard Later that same week with 11 cases including hooliganism. New DA, Fani Willis, Reportedly tried to take the case to a new prosecutor, his predecessor described the case as incorrect. A judge ruled that he should remain in his office.
LoRusso said Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms‘Rolf had a chance to mount a defense before making a quick movement towards firing, which meant that he had the right of due process “broadly”. “
Sgt William Dean, An internal affairs investigator with the Atlanta Police Department, said a hearing where Rolf would be able to defend himself was moved to make it to the schedule for the press conference of the bottoms announcing their firing . Rolf has said that he did not come to know of this until exactly an hour before the conference and that he was more than an hour away from Atlanta.
But city lawyer Allegra Lawrence-Hardy Defended Rolf’s firing by telling the AJC that the city’s policy allows such termination if its presence “impedes the effectiveness of others.”
“Keeping (Rolf) active would be extremely disruptive,” she said.
Meanwhile, Willis is trying to convince Georgia judicial officers that his office should be spared the case. She is scheduled to go to court in May to present her point. Rolf remains free on bond, but it remains unclear until Willis’ case is decided if charges against him will proceed.