The police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has been reinstated after being fired last year...
And quite predictably, people are furious over the prospect of yet another police officer seemingly getting away with killing a person of color.
Killers & murders run this country. So freaking exhausting. I’m not even black, can you imagine being black in this country? Jesus!!!— Gina Kim (@ginabamboo) May 5, 2021
You know the police have too much immunity when the cop who shot Rayshard Brooks has been reinstated to the police force while he’s still on bail awaiting trial.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) May 5, 2021
Atlanta Officer who murdered Rayshard Brooks has been reinstated. Police department said he'll remain on adminstrative leave. Charges are still pending but haven't been filed. This is absolute fucking bullshit 😠!— Amy Lynn ✡️🐝 (@AmyAThatcher) May 6, 2021
This always happens. Take them out of the spotlight for awhile so the public forgets about it. Bring them back on the force later with no punishment or justice for killing a person #blueprivilege— Michael (@Michael60675933) May 5, 2021
I think they’ve been trying to reform or change their policies which obviously has not worked. We need to take police immunity away. Also hit police departments in their bank accounts if the don’t comply and do far better back ground checks !!— Janet (@janet60286241) May 6, 2021
Of course, only job in the world where you can kill someone and keep your job or get it back. Make settlements/payouts for their killing come from their pay,/ pension or union. Guarantee those unions will stop fighting to get killers back behind the badge.— vino (@vino07v) May 5, 2021
He was on felony murder charges, you do not re-instate or hire elsewhere. That is a major part of what is wrong with the current system. PERIOD.— WoWHuntress (@WoWHuntress67) May 5, 2021
Let me get this straight he was fired and charged with felony murder. He hasn’t had his trial yet, but was reinstated to the police department.— James Powell (@JamesPo21556255) May 5, 2021
Now, this all started last year on June 12th when twenty-seven-year-old Rayshard Brooks was approached by police officers in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta.
Atlanta Police Department officer Devin Brosnan was responding to a complaint that a man, who turned out to be Brooks, was asleep in a car blocking a Wendy's restaurant drive-through lane.
At the scene, Brosnan radioed for assistance, and APD Officer Garrett Rolfe arrived some minutes later.
Rolfe conducted a breathalyzer exam which indicated that Brooks's blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit for driving...
And although the man was clearly over the limit, he was calmly and politely complying with the officer's orders.
But when the officers attempted to handcuff Brooks...
Brooks grabbed Brosnan's taser gun and attempted to run away while trying to shoot the taser at the officers.
Rolfe fired his gun 3 times at Brooks, which resulted in the man being shot twice.
Just minutes after being shot Brooks was taken to the nearby hospital via an ambulance, but he sadly died from his injuries following surgery.
Brooks' tragic death triggered outrage on the streets...
And thousands of Black Lives Matter protestors began demanding justice for Brooks' unjust death and for the officers responsible to be held accountable for their actions.
Brooks' wife, 3 daughters, and stepson were among the protestors.
An unbelievable amount of pressure was placed upon the Atlanta Police Department to do something about the 2 officers...
Which is what lead to Officer Brosnan being placed on administrative leave and Officer Rolfe being fired.
Rolfe, who was a 7-year veteran of the department, was also charged with felony murder.
But on August 4th, Rolfe's attorneys filed a lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Acting Police Chief Rodney Bryant for unlawful dismissal, ultimately seeking Rolfe's reinstatement along with back pay and benefits.
And yesterday, the former officer appealed his firing...
And according to GMA, Atlanta's Civil Service Board has ruled that "due to the City's failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses' testimony [Rolfe] was not afforded his right to due process."
The Board noted that Rolfe did not receive a ten-day notice of his termination, which took effect June 14th.
According to the city's code, "An employee against whom an adverse action is to be taken shall be given a written notice of proposed adverse action, signed by the appointing authority or designee, at least ten working days prior to the effective date of the proposed adverse action."
Officer Rolfe has been officially reinstated by Atlanta's Civil Service Board.
Lance LoRusso, Rolfe's lawyer, applauded the ruling.
"People are focusing just on the due process element," LoRusso told ABC News' Linsey Davis.
"If they watch the video that is up on YouTube, they can see the hearing where 2 senior law enforcement officers for the city of Atlanta -- the assistant chief and a twenty-six-year detective with experience in the office professional standards -- testified that Garrett Rolfe did absolutely nothing wrong on June 12th, 2020."
"I think his role is to get back to his chosen profession, to serve the public, which is what he decided to do when he raised his hand and took an oath at twenty years old to be an Atlanta police officer."
However, L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller, attorneys for the Brooks family, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the family feels "disappointment and confusion."
"It is disappointing to the family, but what is more important is the questions we have now. We all heard the mayor and the former chief of police come before the world and announce they were firing the officers and justice will come," Stewart said.
"We find it mind-boggling our elected officials and former chief weren't aware of the proper procedure to fire an officer."
Stewart then slammed the faulty police procedure as an "error that cannot happen."
"Now this person is back on the streets. That hurts. It seems to the family as if no one cares about the life of their loved one."
The mayor's office said Rolfe will remain on administrative leave while his "criminal charges related to this incident" are resolved.
Rest in Peace, Rayshard.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.