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GBI Blasts DA: Charges Were Premature As Investigation Hasn’t Ended

Georgette June 19, 2020 50 States, Atlanta, Garrett Rolfe, Politics, Rayshard Brooks Comments Off on GBI Blasts DA: Charges Were Premature As Investigation Hasn’t Ended

Yesterday, the Atlanta District Attorney announced murder charges against the officer attacked by Rayshard Brooks. But, there’s a big problem with that… the investigation hasn’t been completed.

WTOC reported:

Former Atlanta officer Garrett Rolfe faces 11 charges including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The fatal encounter began when a Wendy’s employee reported a man passed out in the drive-thru lane.

Rolfe and another officer spoke with Brooks for some time. Then he failed a field sobriety test and Rolfe attempted to make an arrest.

A struggle ensued. Brooks got one of the officer’s tasers and ran. Rolfe gave chase and shot Brooks in the back after Brooks pointed the taser in the direction of the officers.

[Howard then charged Rolfe with murder, despite the fact that under Georgia law, a taser is considered a deadly weapon.]

 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says they were not consulted about the charges filed by the Fulton County DA.

The GBI was requested by the Atlanta Police Department to investigate the shooting. The GBI released a statement on Facebook writing in part, “Although we have made significant progress in the case, we have not completed our work.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Atlanta Police Department on Friday night, June 12th, to…

Posted by Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

11 Alive News added more information:

The state agency responsible for conducting an independent investigation of the death of a Black Atlanta man during an encounter with white police officers in the parking lot of an Atlanta fast food restaurant said it was surprised by the announcement that those officers would face charges.

It’s an announcement that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said caught the agency off guard. In a statement posted moments after the charges were announced, the GBI said it was neither made aware of the press conference before it happened, nor was it “consulted on the charges filed” by the District Attorney’s office.

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In most cases, GBI then conducts its independent investigation before handing its findings of the case over to a district attorney’s office for review. That was not the case in this latest shooting, according to the GBI, which is still investigating the shooting of Brooks.

“Although we have made significant progress in the case, we have not completed our work,” the agency said in the statement. “Our goal in every officer involved shooting case we are requested to review, is to complete a thorough, impartial investigation before we submit the file to the respective District Attorney’s Office.

Regardless, the GBI said it still plans to “complete its mission of completing an impartial and thorough investigation of this incident” before handing the case over to the Fulton County DA’s (Paul Howard) office.

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