Georgia Bureau Of Investigation says wasn't consulted before charges announced in Brooks killing

'We were not consulted on the charges' – Georgia Bureau of Investigation

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June 18, 2020 - 11:59am

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it wasn’t notified in advance about the criminal charges announced Wednesday on the two Atlanta police officers charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks and that the bureau’s investigation has yet to be concluded. 

The charges were announced at a press conference by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

"The GBI was not aware of today’s press conference before it was conducted," the bureau tweeted. "We were not consulted on the charges filed by the District Attorney."

Howard announced during the press conference that Officer Garrett Rolfe was facing 11 charges, including felony murder and that the other police officer on scene, Devin Brosnan, was facing three charges, including aggravated assault and violation of oath.

Brooks was apparently shot by Garrett after he and Brosnan responded to a report that somebody had fallen asleep in a vehicle in the Wendy’s drive-thru line. After Brooks failed a blood-alcohol field test, police attempted to handcuff him, which resulted in a scuffle in which Brooks grabbed one of the officer’s taser guns and pointed it at them as he fled on foot. Rolfe fired with his service revolver, hitting Brooks twice. 

Howard’s announcement reportedly comes amid a Democratic primary runoff for Howard's post, as he reportedly faces ethics and misconduct charges, according to The Daily Wire.

 

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