Garrett Rolfe
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Hearing scheduled for ex-Atlanta cop charged in Rayshard Brooks shooting

The bond hearing will be Tuesday for the former Atlanta police officer accused of killing Rayshard Brooks. 

Garrett Rolfe, 27, was charged with murder after the June 12 shooting in the parking lot of an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant. Rolfe surrendered and is currently being held at the Gwinnett County jail. 

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A bond hearing was initially scheduled last week for Rolfe. But was postponed because it coincided with the funeral for Brooks. Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard argued that the Victim’s Rights Act gives family members the right to be heard at any hearing pertaining to a potential release.

Tuesday’s hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Fulton County courthouse. 

Rolfe was fired from APD the day after Brooks’ shooting. A co-defendant, Officer Devin Brosnan, is charged with aggravated assault and violating his oath of office. He is out on a $50,000 signature bond and has been placed on administrative duty pending the GBI’s investigation of the shooting.

On the night of June 12, Rolfe attempted to place Brooks in handcuffs for suspected DUI. Brooks fought with the two officers and took Brosnan’s Taser, dash-cam video appears to show. Brooks was killed by two gunshot wounds to the back, fired by Rolfe, according to investigators. 

Rolfe’s attorney has also filed a motion seeking a preliminary hearing. That has not yet been scheduled. 

The first 29 minutes don’t prepare you for the all-too-familiar tragedy that follows: a white police officer, a black male victim, lethal gunshots and questions about whether any of it was justified. It happened again in Atlanta Friday night, when Officer Garrett Rolfe fired three times at a fleeing Rayshard Brooks. Both men, 27 years old. The shooting would set off a stunning chain of events, culminating in the resignation early Saturday night by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. (Video edited by Ryon Horne, Christian Boone)

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