Despite widow’s tearful plea, judge grants bond to ex-cop who killed her husband

Despite widow’s tearful plea, judge grants bond to ex-cop who killed her husband


A white previous Atlanta law enforcement officer charged with felony murder in the death of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was shot twice in the back, was granted a bond of $500,000 on Tuesday regardless of Brooks’ widow making a tearful plea to keep him locked up.

Following an almost two-hour hearing, Judge Jane C. Barwick of the Superior Court of Fulton County granted bail to Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot the 27- year-old Brooks while on task June 12 in the car park of a Wendy’s restaurant.

Rolfe, who has been in the Gwinnett County Jail considering that he surrendered on June 18, was expected to be launched on Tuesday afternoon following the posting of bail, according to his attorneys. He just needs to put up 10%, or $50,000, to protect the bond.

In making her choice, Barwick turned down arguments from district attorneys that Rolfe is a risk to the community and a flight threat.

” I do not think he is a threat to the neighborhood,” Barwick stated.

The judge enforced a series of stringent conditions for Rolfe’s release, requiring him to be fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, abide by a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, surrender his passport, possess no guns, and prevent contact with Brooks’ family, witnesses in the event, and any Atlanta policeman.

While the hearing was held in Barwick’s courtroom, Rolfe’s attorneys, district attorneys and other individuals participated in through Zoom video conferencing.

Prior to revealing her decision, Barwick permitted Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, to resolve the court.

Miller asked Barwick to reject Rolfe bond.

” My spouse did not deserve to die, and I should not need to live in fear while waiting on the male who eliminated my spouse to be tried in court,” Miller said, burglarizing tears. “This defendant must not be dealt with like anybody else who is implicated of taking somebody’s life without remorse.”.

Miller likewise told the judge that Brooks was a “loving, caring, sensation, fantastic daddy, and the best spouse I could request.”.

” He had the brightest smile and the greatest heart,” she stated.

While Barwick thanked Miller for speaking, she said that like all offenders Rolfe has to be considered innocent until proven guilty. She stated her discretion in setting bail was “minimal” to the statutes of state law.

Rolfe, who was fired from the police department, did not speak throughout the hearing.

He is charged with 11 counts, consisting of felony murder, several counts of intensified attack with a deadly weapon and seven offenses of his office. Three of the intensified assault charges originate from a stray bullet Rolfe fired that struck a lorry inhabited by three individuals.

Clinton Rucker, executive assistant district attorney for Fulton County, had actually at first requested that no bail be set for Rolfe, however later requested $1 million bail be set if bail were to be granted. Rolfe’s lawyer, Expense Thomas, asked for the judge set bail in the series of $50,000 to $100,000

” While the household of Rayshard Brooks is dissatisfied that his killer was approved bond today, they comprehend that this is simply one action in the long mission for justice for Rayshard,” the household’s attorneys, L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller, said in a joint statement.

Brooks’ death came in the middle of seething stress as protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis authorities broke out in Atlanta and in cities across the country.

The Brooks shooting came simply days after 6 Atlanta policeman were criminally charged after viral video caught them deploying stun weapons on two black university student and dragging them from their automobile as a protest was taking place nearby.

Brooks was killed after a Wendy’s staff member called cops to complain that Brooks was passed out behind the wheel of an automobile in the drive-thru lane, according to cops.

Officer Devin Brosnan was the first to show up on the scene and knocked on Brooks’ window but could not wake him up. Body camera video showed Brosnan unlocking and shaking Brooks awake.

Rolfe reacted to the scene when Brosnan radioed a dispatcher stating he required a DUI-certified officer.

When officers tried to put Brooks in handcuffs, Brooks struggled, wrestled with both officers on the ground, and after that grabbed Brosnan’s stun weapon.

Surveillance video revealed Brooks running through the car park as the officers chased after him. While fleeing, Brooks allegedly shot the stun gun at Rolfe, who drew his weapon and opened fire. Brooks passed away from 2 gunshots to his back, the medical examiner figured out.

At a press conference recently, Fulton County District Lawyer Paul Howard declared that video of the incident tape-recorded Rolfe kicking Brooks as Brooks lay dying on the ground and Brosnan standing on Brooks’ shoulder. However during Tuesday’s hearing, another among Rolfe’s attorney, Noah Pines, rejected that Rolfe kicked Brooks after shooting him.

Brosnan, who has been placed on administrative leave from the cops department, was charged with 2 counts of offenses of oath and one count of exacerbated assault for presumably basing on Brooks’ shoulder after he was shot by Rolfe. Brosnan likewise gave up to authorities on June 18 and was launched on $50,000 bail.