BOSTON- The officer involved in the shooting of Atlanta native Rayshard Brooks now faces a harsh penalty.
Officer Garrett Rolfe, who was fired five days ago has been charged with felony murder after firing three shots at Brooks, two of which hit Brooks in the back and another that hit a car with three people inside.
In a video recording from CNN, after Rolfe shot Brooks, he exclaimed, “I got him,” a term typically used by a hunter when going after and catching prey. In the case of Brooks, an insensitive comment.
This senseless murder is among multiple deaths that have occurred amid nationwide protests calling for an end to racism and police violence against black people, beginning with the protest for Minneapolis native George Floyd.
In wake of this murder, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down from her position.
In addition, Devin Brosnan, the other officer present at the shooting, faces aggravated assault charges for standing on Brooks’s body. Brosnan has since been placed on administrative leave.
Brosnan also faces two counts of violation of oath of office.
Both officers were issued an arrest warrant with Rolfe potentially facing a death penalty sentence if convicted on a felony murder charge.
The incident took place at a drive thru after officers received calls regarding a man sleeping in the lane. 40 minutes later, tragedy struck.
In addition to a felony murder charge, CNN reports that Rolfe also faces five counts of aggravated assault, four counts of violation of oath of office and one count of criminal damage to property totaling 11 charges.
Atlanta has not been isolated from violent police incidents during the protests. Two weeks ago, several officers were charged with aggravated assault after allegedly using a Taser on two college students.
Downtown Atlanta was also raided including the College Football Hall of Fame building.
There has been no word on when the trial will begin for Rolfe and Brosnan or whether they will plead guilty/not guilty.