Garrett Rolfe has been reinstated after being sacked for killing Brooks.
The Atlanta Civil Service Board has authorized Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer charged with shooting and murdering Rayshard Brooks, to resume his policing duties. On Wednesday, the board announced Rolfe’s reinstatement (May 5).
“The Board concludes that the Appellant was denied his right to due process due to the City’s inability to comply with many articles of the Code and the information obtained during witnesses’ testimony. As a result, the Board GRANTS Garrett Rolfe’s Appeal and revokes his dismissal as an APD [Atlanta Police Department] employee,” the board adds.
On June 13, the day after fatally shooting Brooks outside a Wendy’s, Rolfe was fired from the Atlanta Police Department. According to REVOLT, Rolfe and another officer were dispatched to the scene after a complaint that Brooks had passed out in his drive-thru car.
According to ABC 7, Brooks failed a sobriety test and offered to leave his car in the parking lot and walk home. Instead, police attempted to apprehend Brooks, and a struggle followed, culminating in Rolfe shooting Brooks in the back while fleeing with the other officer’s stun gun. Brooks died in surgery at a nearby hospital later that day.
Rolfe’s lawyer filed a petition with the Atlanta Civil Service Board last month to have the ex-termination cop’s overturned. Despite the fact that Rolfe has been reinstated by the board, he still faces 11 charges in connection with Brooks’ death, including felony murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.
The board only hears the appeals of fired city employees, according to its statement, and is not responsible for assessing whether Rolfe’s “activities were criminal in nature.” The board highlighted in their ruling that Rolfe did not get a 10-day notice before his termination.
In this case, the disciplinary took effect on June 14, 2020, and the (notice of proposed adverse action) and (notice of final adverse action) were sent to the Appellant’s Union Representative on June 13, 2020, almost simultaneously. As a result, the City’s actions did not comply with the Code’s 10-day notification requirement,” the statement reads.
It’s unclear whether Rolfe will be permitted to return to the streets.