Despite tearful plea from Rayshard Brooks' widow, judge grants bond to ex-cop who killed him

Despite tearful plea from Rayshard Brooks' widow, judge grants bond to former Atlanta police officer who killed him.

7/1/2020 5:07:00 AM

Despite tearful plea from Rayshard Brooks' widow, judge grants bond to former Atlanta police officer who killed him.

A white former Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder in the death of African American Rayshard Brooks was granted a bond of $500,000 on Tuesday.

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death of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was shot twice in the back, was granted a bond of $500,000 on Tuesday despite Brooks' widow making a tearful plea to keep him locked up.Following a nearly 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 duty June 12 in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant.

Rolfe, who has been in the Gwinnett County Jail since he surrendered on June 18, was expected to be released on Tuesday afternoon following the posting of bail, according to his attorneys. He only has to put up 10%, or $50,000, to secure the bond.In making her decision, Barwick rejected arguments from prosecutors that Rolfe is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Former Atlanta police Officer Garrett Rolfe, right, appears on a television screen with attorney Lance LoRusso, June 30, 2020, in Atlanta.Former Atlanta police Officer Garrett Rolfe, right, appears on a television screen with attorney Lance LoRusso, June 30, 2020, in Atlanta.

Brynn Anderson/AP"I do not believe he is a danger to the community," Barwick said.The judge imposed a series of strict conditions for Rolfe's release, requiring him to be fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, adhere to a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, surrender his passport, possess no firearms, and avoid contact with Brooks' family, witnesses in the case, and any Atlanta police officer.

While the hearing was held in Barwick's courtroom, Rolfe's attorneys, prosecutors and other participants attended via Zoom video conferencing.Prior to announcing her decision, Barwick allowed Brooks' widow, Tomika Miller, to address the court.

Miller asked Barwick to deny Rolfe bond.On a video conference call, Tomika Miller, widow of Rayshard Brooks speaks to Judge Jane C. Barwick during a bond hearing for former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, June 30, 2020, in Atlanta.On a video conference call, Tomika Miller, widow of Rayshard Brooks speaks to Judge Jane C. Barwick during a bond hearing for former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, June 30, 2020, in Atlanta.

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Brynn Anderson/AP"My husband did not deserve to die, and I should not have to live in fear while waiting for the man who killed my husband to be tried in court," Miller said, breaking into tears."This defendant should not be treated like anyone else who is accused of taking someone's life without remorse."

Miller also told the judge that Brooks was a"loving, caring, feeling, wonderful father, and the best husband I could ask for.""He had the brightest smile and the biggest heart," she said.While Barwick thanked Miller for speaking, she said that like all defendants Rolfe has to be considered innocent until proven guilty. She said her discretion in setting bail was"limited" to the statutes of state law.

Rolfe, who was fired from the police department, did not speak during the hearing.Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe in a photo released by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on June 18, 2020. Rolfe fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta on June 14, 2020.

Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe in a photo released by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on June 18, 2020. Rolfe fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta on June 14, 2020.Fulton County Sheriff's OfficeHe is charged with 11 counts, including felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and seven violations of his office. Three of the aggravated assault charges stem from a stray bullet Rolfe fired that hit a vehicle occupied by three people.

Clinton Rucker, executive assistant district attorney for Fulton County, had initially requested that no bail be set for Rolfe, but later requested $1 million bail be set if bail were to be granted. Rolfe's attorney, Bill Thomas, requested the judge set bail in the range of $50,000 to $100,000.

"While the family of Rayshard Brooks is disappointed that his killer was granted bond today, they understand that this is just one step in the long quest for justice for Rayshard," the family's attorneys, L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller, said in a joint statement.

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MORE: DA says he was 'just doing his job' by charging officers in death of Rayshard BrooksBrooks' death came amid seething tensions as protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police broke out in Atlanta and in cities across the nation.

The Brooks shooting came just days after six Atlanta police officers were criminally charged after viral video caught them deploying stun guns on two black college students and dragging them from their car as a protest was occurring nearby.Brooks was killed after a Wendy's employee called police to complain that Brooks was passed out behind the wheel of a car in the drive-thru lane, according to police.

Officer Devin Brosnan was the first to arrive on the scene and knocked on Brooks' window but could not wake him up. Body camera video showed Brosnan opening the door and shaking Brooks awake.Rolfe responded to the scene when Brosnan radioed a dispatcher saying he needed a DUI-certified officer.

Rayshard Brooks, a father of three daughters and a stepson, was shot and killed by police in Atlanta, June 12, 2020.Rayshard Brooks, a father of three daughters and a stepson, was shot and killed by police in Atlanta, June 12, 2020.Stewart Trial Attorneys

When officers tried to put Brooks in handcuffs, Brooks struggled, wrestled with both officers on the ground, and then grabbed Brosnan's stun gun.MORE: Atlanta police officer fired after Rayshard Brooks death during confrontation at Wendy's drive-thru

Surveillance video showed Brooks running through the parking lot as the officers chased after him. While fleeing, Brooks allegedly shot the stun gun at Rolfe, who drew his weapon and opened fire. Brooks died from two gunshots to his back, the medical examiner determined.

At a news conference last week, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged that video of the incident recorded Rolfe kicking Brooks as Brooks lay dying on the ground and Brosnan standing on Brooks' shoulder. But during Tuesday's hearing, another one of Rolfe's attorney, Noah Pines, denied that Rolfe kicked Brooks after shooting him.

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wrong 😱 Due process GOOD! 👿👿👿👿 Rayshard Brooke's was a criminal. His own actions in the past made him that. Not white people. He shouldn't of ran . He shouldn't of took the tazer . He is dead on his own stupidity. Stupidity!! Weak judicial system, pathetic! Granted bond He should be cleared of all charges based on evidence alone

This is so unjust! Total bullshit charges.. this cop did what training and procedures taught hom to do. Dont fuck around with cops, dont point and shoot a weapon at a cop. Consequences are deadly She probably fears he can still beat her from the grave. Next step is his freedom, don’t stop protesting Atlanta

He'll get off and he should!! Tearful pleas aren’t how these decisions are made. Where was the girlfriend? Good! Free this cop for doing his duty!! Screw the child beater felon!! Comply and he’d still be alive!! She needs to get a life and can you tell me why is her last name different than her husband when I got married my wife last name was the same as mine.

Good on the Judge! If the idiot wouldn't have resisted and attacked cops then this wouldn't hav happened at all. Obey the law and respect the officers! This case is not as clear cut as the other one ? Killer walks for $50,000..deposit Uhhh... isn't the entirety of the left pushing to end bail and let anyone charged with a crime to be let out on personal recognizance until trial? I'd think if you wanted to be consistent with your beliefs you'd want him freed with no bond till trial. Right?

What a way to frame this. Like we see the blatant agenda. We see you. That's ok .It's More Dangerous on the Streets than it is in Jail. In Prison you have more Protection. Sorry but the officer shouldn’t be charged in this fiasco, a drunk and a former felon assaults and shoots the officer with a taser ? Your going down

Good The judge should have given the officer an apology, too. The only victim here is the officer who was assaulted and shot at with a Taser by a drunken scumbag. It was a 100% justified shooting,the officer should be aquitted of all charges and reimbursed for lost time and wages!! Prayers for the officer

The same tearful pleas like when he beat her up? He had no right to shoot him in the back they had his car and license they knew who he was they could have picked him up anytime plus he could have missed him and shot someone else in the parking lot 😡 I wonder where he got the 500K? Why is she crying? He beat her azz and he was a child abuser. That's why they weren't even together.

You are despicable. Stop attacking police officers when you broke the law. It’s really that simple. I bet the corrupt ATL DA is livid. Typical.......... Well if he's out on bond..do what's needed I think the eighth amendment actually has something to say about this regardless of the frivolous and political nature of the charges.

Was Brooks girlfriend there or is she incarcerated? Were the tearful pleas from the wife he abused, or the girlfriend who torched Wendy's? I pray For the police officer that these bogus charges be dropped Good. He had a duty to protect others. He did his job. Enough of the whining over criminals who got justice served to them.

Show me what judge HAS INFORMATION ON THIS CASE!..IT IS NOT A MURDERER CASE!.NO WEAPON WAS USED!..HOW CAN A COP HOLD A WEAPON AND IT IS NOT DEADLY TO HIM?ARE YOU PEOPLE STUPID?do you know how hard a body is? He'll never be convicted thank goodness. Guns are partical ACCELERATORS..so if a gun is fired it brings in the METAL from around the area to where the gun is...THIS IS FAKE NEWS..WITH YOUR A.B.C STORE INTELLIGENCE YOU WILL BE LOOKED ON BY THE WORLD AS CHILDISH!..mere fool!

Bail reform is a tenant of liberal Marxist DAs and judges.... Don't get all pissy now. Bond is not punishment. But what about his girlfriend. Did she get a say in the officers bond hearing? Someone should tell the widow that her boyfriend attacked two cops, stole a weapon from one of them, and tried to use it in the cops before he was shot.

She was crying because of his girlfriend. Good. He did nothing wrong. Sadness is not a legal threshold. A good thing we have good judges. He shouldn’t have been arrested. Country turning to shit It doesn’t matter if your white, black, brown, red, yellow or whatever. You resist arrest and fire a taser at a cop, you’re getting put down.

People get ready Jesus is coming! Was it the widow he beat the crap out of, or the girlfriend he was doing while out on Rona parol driving drunk and resisting arrest? He was a criminal not an outstanding citizen he was going back to jail if he was caught the cop did nothing wrong let it go. This sit his going to far.....

Just disgraceful. This judge needs to be investigated. Good! Was just doing his job. The system in our country needs major readjusting. GOOD Racist system. These lives important too? Its called a FAIR system for ALL. His case will be thoroughly reviewed and any wrongdoing will be held accountable! White privilege

Let the public deliver real justice 👍

Judge grants bond to ex-Atlanta cop charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks shootingA judge says Garrett Rolfe is not a flight risk, granting bond to the ex-Atlanta police off&39;icer charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks&39; shooting. Yahoo, it's been brought to my attention that you need to display their mug shots.

Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Rayshard Brooks Appears In CourtThe former Atlanta police officer accused of murdering Rayshard Brooks is appearing before a judge today. He is expected to ask the judge to release him from jail on bond while his case is pending. FAKENEWS Fuck no

Former Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks granted $500,000 bondThe former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot was granted a $500,000 bond. Judge Jane C. Barwick reasoned that Garrett Rolfe is not a danger to the community or a flight risk. This is fucking ridiculous. Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman are currently sitting in federal prison without bond for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a empty NYPD squad car. They are facing a at least 45 years in prison up till life in prison. WajahatAli Oh, OK. It’s just that he killed an unarmed man. Shot that man in the back, twice, in fact. No risk?! Maybe not anymore... He has the dead soulless gaze of a murderer.

Atlanta police officer charged in death of Rayshard Brooks granted bondGarrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder in the killing of Rayshard Brooks has been granted a $500,000 bond with conditions Tuesday. Good. His charges will be dropped soon too. His face is very punchable. 👊🏻... and that’s being kind.

Judge Grants Bond for Ex-Officer Who Fatally Shot Rayshard BrooksGarrett Rolfe was fired from the Atlanta Police Department after the deadly shooting and faces 11 charges, including felony murder. we were just kicking around a football with our frustrations it turned into a soccerball No!!!!!! I am waiting to see whether the punishment will fit the crime, re. police. Usually, if a citizen kills a police officer, the punishment is of a greater degree and with the probability of no parole.

Garrett Rolfe Granted Bond in Rayshard Brooks Murder Case, Set at $500kGarrett Rolfe, the ex-cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, has a bond hearing today. Poor dude, I start losing my mind when I'm away from my technology for too long. The one thing keeping me in line following the law in this world is my supercomputer and the internet I love it so bad man :) If Brooks had only drank half a bottle and not passed out