REVEALED: Atlanta cop charged with the murder of Rayshard Brooks had tried to cover up a previous shooting when he failed to report opening fire on a black man who was driving …
REVEALED: Atlanta cop charged with the murder of Rayshard Brooks had tried to cover up a previous shooting when he failed to report opening fire on a black man who was driving a stolen truck in 2015
- Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, had allegedly tried to cover up a previous shooting involving another black man in 2015
- Rolfe was involved in the shooting of Jackie Jermaine Harris in 2015
- Report reveals he was one three cops who had tried to cover up the incident
- Harris, who was driving a stolen truck, was hit once after officers fired at him multiple times
- He suffered a collapsed lung and was treated at the hospital but survived
- A 2016 court hearing revealed the officers did not mention shooting Harris in the police report and only admitted he was injured
The Atlanta cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks had allegedly tried to cover up a previous shooting involving another black man in 2015, it has been revealed.
Garrett Rolfe, 27, was fired by the Atlanta Police Department after he shot and killed Brooks, 27, during a police confrontation outside a Wendy's drive-thru on Friday.
He has been charged on 11 counts including felony murder and aggravated assault, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced in a press conference on Wednesday.
And court documents obtained by The Guardian on Wednesday revealed the former cop was one of three officers involved in the shooting of Jackie Jermaine Harris in August 2015.
Harris, who had been driving a stolen truck, survived the incident but was treated in the hospital for a collapsed lung. He later pleaded guilty to a string of charges.
However, documents showed the police officers involved did not include the fact that they opened fire on Harris in their report and only noted that he was injured.
Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed on Friday, June 12 when cops received a 911 call to the Wendy's at University Avenue in Atlanta.
Officer Garrett Rolfe (left) has been charged with murder over the incident. It has been revealed he was involved in a previous shooting in 2015
Video shows as Brooks is running away from Rolfe, Brooks (right) is seen turning around and pointing a Taser gun at the cop. That is what prompted Rolfe to shoot him twice in the back
Officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, (left) was charged with 11 counts including felony murder and aggravated assault, on Wednesday. Fellow cop Devin Brosnan (right) 26, who first responded to the call-out, agreed to testify against Rolfe and has been charged with aggravated assault and two violations of oath
During a 2016 court hearing over the incident, Judge Doris L Downs called it 'the wildest case I've seen in my 34 years here' and was alarmed to learn the cops failed to report the shooting.
'None of the police put in the report that they shot the man - none of them.
And they sent him to Grady [Memorial Hospital] with collapsed lungs and everything, and the report doesn't mention it,' Judge Downs said, according to the news outlet.
'I am ethically going to be required to turn all of them in,' she added.
Harris was hit once after Rolfe and the two cops shot at him multiple times through the truck after he rammed it into a police car.
His attorney Serena Nunn said the cops only admitted Harris was injured but did not mention shooting him in the police report.
Judge Downs at the time said the police officers 'will have to answer for what they did' but it is unclear whether any were ever disciplined over their actions.
After Brooks failed a field sobriety test and blew 0.108 when breathalyzed (0.08 is the legal limit in Georgia), Rolfe who was later fired, moved to cuff Brooks who suddenly resisted.
Both officers were clearly taken by surprise. He tried to make a break for it and was shot twice in the back (left and right)
Atlanta officials released Rolfe's records on Tuesday in which the 2015 case was listed as a 'firearm discharge' incident but it did not include details on whether or not action was taken against the officers.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told The Guardian it did not investigate the shooting.
'Being shot in the back and ultimately having your lung collapse is something more than an injury that was caused during the incident', Nunn told Downs at the time.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the charges in the highly controversial shooting at a press conference this afternoon
'We do expect officers to uphold the law. I cannot think of a plausible reason as to why they would have omitted that information.'
Harris pleaded guilty to theft, property damage, damaging a police vehicle and fleeing police, and was sentenced to time served and one year of probation. He later wrote a letter to the judge expressing his concerns.
'I just don't want them to get away with what they did to me,' he wrote.
'Not only have I been wronged, but society as well by allowing this officer to continue to patrol our streets of Metro Atlanta.'
Brooks's shooting sparked outrage and violence in the wake of George Floyd's death under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with murder.
On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard revealed cop Devin Brosnan, 26, who first responded to the call-out last week, has turned state witness and has agreed to testify against Rolfe.
Brosnan has been charged on three counts, one of aggravated assault, a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison and two violations of oath, including a failure to administer timely medical assistance.
Rolfe has also been charged on this count.
Howard revealed that Brosnan had admitted to standing on Brooks's shoulders while he lay dying - an unauthorized control technique.
Howard has asked for a £50,000 bond for Brosnan and no bond for Rolfe. Both men must turn themselves in by 6pm Thursday.
Brooks is pictured with wife Tomika Miller and three of his four daughters. She said she now feels like a 'statistic' having been rendered a single black mother by the cops' killing her husband
Police had been called to the scene after Brooks, who was drunk, fell asleep at the wheel of his car and blocked the fast food restaurant's drive-thru lane.
The 27-year-old father of four was polite and compliant with officers across the 20 minutes during which Brosnan and Rolfe questioned him as to how much he had drunk and how he had ended up in the drive-thru.
After Brooks failed a field sobriety test and blew 0.108 when breathalyzed (0.08 is the legal limit in Georgia), Rolfe moved to cuff Brooks who suddenly resisted. Both officers were clearly taken by surprise.
As their bodycameras fell to the ground in the scuffle that ensued one shouted to Brooks to 'stop fighting' and warned him, 'You're going to get tased,' but the peaceable incident quickly escalated into violence.
During the scuffle an officer can be heard shouting, 'Hands off the f***ing taser.
He's got the taser!'
Surveillance footage taken from the Wendy's drive-thru showed Brooks attempting to run away with Rolfe in pursuit.
Brooks then appears to turn with the taser in his hand, at which point Rolfe shoots him in the back.