Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was fired after he was accused of shooting Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot and was subsequently charged with felony murder. However, now he’s taking the fight to Atlanta.
According to Fox News, Rolfe filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Fulton Country Superior Court with claims that he was unfairly fired from the police department “without an investigation, without proper notice, without a disciplinary hearing, and in direct violation of the municipal code of the City of Atlanta.”
Fox News reports that Rolfe’s attorneys have claimed that Atlanta completely ignored due process while city prosecutors are also attempting to further bring more pain down on Rolfe:
In a statement, Rolfe’s attorneys say that the City of Atlanta “wilfully and blatantly failed to abide” by city ordinances designed to give employees due process as well as the opportunity to plead their case before they are fired.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, have asked a judge to revoke Rolfe’s bail because he traveled to Florida without permission – a violation of the conditions of his bond order.
Rolfe’s lawsuit, which was first reported by the Daily Report, argues that Rolfe used deadly force “within the scope and course of his duties” in response to “Brooks’ violent, unlawful, aggressive resistance to a lawful arrest.”
The lawsuit says that Rolfe could only be disciplined or terminated for cause and that he has a right to due process. The proper steps, outlined in the city code, were not taken before Rolfe was fired by then-Chief Erika Shields, who resigned the same day.
The lawsuit also notes that Brosnan and many other Atlanta police officers who have been charged with crimes have remained employed while their criminal charges were pending.
The lawsuit also claims that Rolfe “has become a public spectacle and object of ridicule,” which many would agree was the entire point of the litigation Rolfe now finds himself in. The incident concerning Brooks and Rolfe happened in June when the Black Lives Matter movement was in full swing after the death of George Floyd.
The Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, charged Rolfe with murder despite the shooting being within the bounds of duty. Howard holds that Brooks never presented himself as a threat, however, this is false. Brooks had stolen a taser from one of the officers, making him a major threat.
Fulton County DA Paul Howard says that Rayshard Brooks "never presented himself as a threat" pic.twitter.com/iSBYOXGocr
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The resulting charge caused many officers to call out from their posts, leaving the city nearly defenseless for a time. This resulted in spiking crime including the death of a child. The Atlanta Mayor told her community that the high spike in crime rates wasn’t the fault of police officers but community members themselves.
It’s likely that the charges brought against Rolfe will hold and that Rolfe’s lawsuit may bring more trouble to the city of Atlanta which denied him justice for what seems like political reasons.