The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Screenshot from video by: Ruperto Miller

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The former Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back twice in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia, as he ran away, will be charged. AP reports that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced on Wednesday that officer Garrett Rolfe would face charges. 11Alive News reports that Rolfe faces 11 charges, including one for felony murder.

Howard told reporters that Rolfe kicked Brooks while he lay dying on the floor, while officer Devin Bronsan "stood on his shoulder," all after the shooting. Bronsan will also be charged. Howard told news outlets that the warrants have been signed for the officers' arrests, but that the exact nature of all of the charges will not be known until then. The charges believed to be in play are murder, felony murder, and involuntary manslaughter.


The charges come as Black Lives Matter protests continue around the country, with calls for justice, defunding the police, and true accountability grow. Brooks was killed after police responded to a call that he was blocking a Wendy's drive-thru, asleep in his car. After being awoken and failing a breathalyzer, Brooks told police he could walk home. The situation escalated from there as former officer Rolfe attempted to arrest Brooks, ending with Brooks running away after being shocked by a Taser stun gun by police and then grabbing the Taser. Rolfe then shot three times, hitting Brooks twice in the back, a third bullet hitting a car that had children in it. According to Howard, Rolfe knew that the taser Brooks held while running away was inoperable after having been fired twice.

Rolfe was fired last week. According to the DA, Rolfe and Bronsan have until 6pm Thursday to turn themselves in. The Guardian reports that there are accusations that Rolfe, back in 2015, was a part of a police shooting coverup.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Mitch McConnell Poses In Front Of A Confederate Flag

While Americans were attuned to the Senate's seemingly doomed voting right's bill--failing to advance in a 48-52 vote due to fake Democrats Sinema and Manchin--Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech reminiscent of George Wallace in the old segregated south when he essentially deemed African-American voters as not "real" Americans.

In a video that has since gone viral, McConnell addresses the press about the voting rights bill, calling the “concern” about minority voters having less access to the ballot box “misplaced.”

Keep reading... Show less

Donald Trump Delivers Speech At Arizona Rally

Almost a year after Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States, former President Donald Trump continues to be the target of multiple investigations — from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia to Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, Jr. to New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who has been probing the Trump Organization’s financial activities. This week, James alleged that her office’s investigation shows a history of “fraudulent or misleading” financial practices. And according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, these investigations can be used to predict whether or not Trump will run for president in 2024.

When NBC News’ Tom Winter described James’ investigation in a Twitter thread, Haberman responded:

Keep reading... Show less
x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}