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Former APD officer charged with murder of Rayshard Brooks turns himself in, second officer out on bond

A Fulton County Judge signed warrants for both on June 17.

ATLANTA —

Both of the officers charged in connection to Rayshard Brooks' death have turned themselves in, according to jail records.

Atlanta Police Officer Devin Brosnan surrendered to the Fulton County Jail Thursday morning. Now former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe did so after 3 p.m. Both had until 6 p.m. to surrender.

11Alive reporter Maura Sirianni confirmed that Brosnan later bonded out just before 1 p.m. The signature bond, according to public records, was $30,000.

Meanwhile, former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe will not have a bond, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said yesterday when announcing the charges. Records show he is now being held in the Gwinnett County Jail after being transferred there around 5 p.m.

A Fulton County Judge signed warrants for both on June 17, Howard said.

By law in Georgia, a grand jury must now convene and determine if it will indict the officers. But, due to the pandemic, no grand juries can meet until at least October. The D.A. wants the ability to move forward without an indictment. 


Credit: AP
Atlanta Police officer Devin Brosnan walks out following his release from the Fulton County Jail on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Atlanta. Authorities have charged Brosnan with four counts, including aggravated assault in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. The Fulton County District Attorney said Brosnan stood on Brooks' shoulder as he struggled for his life. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Howard said this is the 40th case prosecuted against officers in Fulton County. Nine were fatal. 

Rolfe is charged with: 

  • Felony murder 
  • Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon – four counts 
  • Criminal Damage to Property 
  • Violation of Oath – four counts 
  • Aggravated Assault 

Rolfe faces up to life in prison or the death penalty if convicted on the felony murder charge. 

Brosnon is charged with: 

  • Aggravated Assault 
  • Violation of Oath – three counts 

Brosnon faces one to 20 years in prison. 

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Garrett Rolfe, left, Devin Brosnan

The district attorney mentioned that Brosnan will be a witness for the state in the case. However, his attorney told 11Alilve that Brosnan has not agreed to be a state’s witness and has not agreed to plead guilty. The attorney also said that Brosnan did render aid at the scene.  

Later in an interview with 11Alive, one of Brosnan's attorneys, Amanda Clark Palmer, said they are stunned that her client is facing charges. She said her client also suffered a concussion during the encounter. 

Brooks' widow Tomika Miller, along with family attorneys L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller addressed the media after the announcement of the charges. They said this isn't a celebration and nobody is happy -- because the death of Brooks should have never happened.  

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms provided a statement in regards to the charges to 11Alive that read:  

“It is my hope that justice will be served—not only for the family of Mr. Brooks, but for the victims and families of the other use of force cases waiting to be resolved by the District Attorney. My condolences and prayers remain with the family of Mr. Brooks, as well as the other families awaiting justice.” 

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