The former Atlanta cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks is suing to get his job back.
Garrett Rolfe filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court seeking to have his job reinstated, along with back pay and benefits, claiming his termination “without an investigation” violated city code, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Rolfe, 27, who is charged with shooting Brooks in the back twice as he fled police outside a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant on June 12, was fired the following day by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and now-former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who resigned in the wake of the shooting.
Rolfe’s suit names Bottoms and interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant, the newspaper reports.
Rolfe claims in court documents the fatal shooting was justified, alleging that Brooks violently resisted arrest during the encounter that started when the 27-year-old black man fell asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru.
Video footage showed a struggle between Brooks, Rolfe and another officer, Devin Brosnan.
Brooks grabbed one of their Tasers and fled, firing at Rolfe as he ran off, the footage showed. An autopsy later found Brooks was shot twice in the back.
Rolfe — who is facing 11 charges, including felony murder – was released on $500,000 bond on June 30.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is now asking a judge to revoke Rolfe’s bond after learning he took a vacation to Florida. Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, also wants Rolfe back in custody, the newspaper reports.
“I’m just wondering when will justice be served? When will things change?” Miller told reporters during a news conference Wednesday. “It hurts, and I feel something should be done.”
Rolfe’s bond order states that he is only allowed to leave his metro Atlanta home for medical appointments, to meet with attorneys or for job-related issues, Howard said in the motion.
“Thus, [the] defendant has clearly shown that he will not abide by the conditions of bond imposed by the court,” Howard’s motion reads.
The former cop’s attorney declined to comment, the newspaper reports.
Drosnan, meanwhile, faces aggravated assault charges in the case and was put on administrative leave after the shooting. He was later released on bond.
With Post wires
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