Atlanta Cops Reportedly Walking Off the Job After Officer Charged With “Felony Murder” of Rayshard Brooks

Atlanta Police are leaving their posts in open protest of the felony murder charge against Officer Rolfe

The Fulton County DA’s office has decided to press charges against Officer Rolfe for shooting and killing Mr. Rayshardf Brooks, a man who fought police, stole a taser, and then tried to shoot the officer with it.

Now, cops are apparently walking off the job, feeling abandoned by the city and its leaders. While the situation hasn’t been confirmed by city officials, several reporters on Twitter cite inside sources:

Fox 5 Atlanta 

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has decided to file charges in the deadly shooting of Rayshard Brooks.

At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard announced that former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe is facing 11 charges, including felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree criminal damage to property, and two counts of violating of his oath as a public officer.

Officer Devin Brosnan has been charged with a count of aggravated assault and two counts of violating his oath of office. He is now cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office as a witness. Howard said it may be the first time ever an Atlanta police officer has testified against a fellow officer in the same department, noting that he was “almost shocked” Brosnan agreed to do so.

If convicted, Rolfe could be sentenced to either life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

The DA is facing major blowback and his move is being called “political,” since he’s now locked in a close election battle.

Several accounts on Twitter are stating that officers are walking off the job in large numbers, although such claims have not been confirmed by the city yet:

This piece was written by Missy Crane on June 17, 2020. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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