FACTS

    Garrett Rolfe, the police officer responsible for shooting Rayshard Brooks outside of a Wendy’s restaurant last week, was charged Wednesday with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His partner, Devin Brosnan, was charged with three accounts including aggravated assault. The incident: the cops arrived after Brooks fell asleep in his car in the drive-through. When the officers attempted to arrest him after he failed a sobriety test, he resisted, stole a Taser, and ran. Rolfe shot Brooks twice after Brooks fired the Taser at him. If convicted, Rolfe could be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

    LEFT

    The Left believe the charges are justified. Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr., stated, “Mr. Brooks never presented himself as a threat.” The officers have been criticized for failing to provide medical attention to Brooks for over two minutes after he was shot, for kicking him as he lay “fighting for his life,” and for standing on his shoulder. Howard also noted that they failed to inform Brooks why he was being arrested, which they legally must do, and said they “did not reflect any fear or danger of Mr. Brooks, but reflected other kinds of emotions.” Regarding the swiftness and severity of the charges, a professor from Notre Dame University said:

    “There’s a realization that these aren’t simply unrelated cases of police brutality. I think there’s an awareness of a serious problem with policing in this country.”

    Professor Jimmy Gurulé, University of Notre Dame

    RIGHT

    The Right believes the charges are extreme. Many have said that Rolfe was under legal protection, using deadly force in order to prevent “great bodily harm” to himself, which they argue a Taser can do. Howard has been criticized for his swift decision and for announcing the charges before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed the investigation.

    “And you will not find a police officer who will look at that video [of George Floyd] and say that was OK. But they want to take Mr. Brooks’ case and put it in the same category as that crime that was committed on Mr. Floyd. And they’re not.”

    Chris Wigginton, Georgia Public Safety Training Center

    The union representing the Atlanta Police Department called the charges “premature and politically motivated.” Howard has been criticized for changing tunes after stating last week that a Taser is a deadly weapon.

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