The news just dropped about a murder charge and the stunning announcement is spreading nationwide. Millions of Americans across the country are shocked — the controversial debate has started all over again.
In the wake of Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe shooting and killing Rayshard Brooks, the county’s district attorney, Paul Howard, is weighing whether to pursue charges against the now-fired officer.
Howard told CNN that Brooks “did not seem to present any kind of threat to anyone, and so the fact that it would escalate to his death just seems unreasonable,” and, therefore, a murder charge could be around the corner.
He went on to explain how — in this particular instance — the like charge, if one is filed, with either be “murder or felony murder.” For the latter charge, it would have to be proven that Rolfe had an intent to kill.
Brooks was reportedly “suspected of driving under the influence” and was able to steal an officer’s Taser during the confrontation. At one point, Brooks even pointed it at an officer as he tried to flee.
Rolfe responded by firing three shots, which ended up killing Brooks. Howard, who is expected to announce a decision on charges this week, said the video of the encounter will be used as the primary source of evidence.
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