The signs and fists are being raised in the air again after Atlanta’s police department reinstated a white cop who was terminated for killing a black man in an altercation.
Police officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, shot Rayshard Brooks, also 27, twice in the back as he ran from police outside a fast-food restaurant in South Atlanta in June of 2020. The six-year police veteran was fired from the Atlanta Police Department and faces 11 charges in the killing, including felony murder.
The suspect reportedly took one of the officer’s weapons and pointed it at other police, according to reporting at DailyMail.com.
On May 5, however, the Atlanta Civil Service Board reversed the termination, saying Rolfe was “not afforded his right to due process.”
A police spokeswoman said she could not comment on whether Rolfe will get back pay or will be paid while on administrative leave, although the the terms of his bond ban him from possessing a firearm or being around other police officers.
Black Lives Matter was not long in showing up, with activists gathering outside City Hall after the decision to chant, march and wave signs with slogans like “Stop the war on Black America!” and “Atlanta Police Department has blood on their hands. Enough.”
On June 12, 2020 Officer Rolfe and Officer Devin Brosnan, 26, were called to a Wendy’s by customers who said Brooks was asleep at the wheel of his car in the drive-through.
A scuffle broke out when the officers tried to arrest Brooks, with Brooks taking Brosnan’s taser and pointing it behind him in the direction of the cops. Rolfe then fatally shot Brooks in the back.