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Ex-At­lanta of­fi­cer charged in Brooks death granted bond

- BY KATE BRUM­BACK Crime · Incidents · Atlanta · Fulton County

AT­LANTA — The former At­lanta po­lice of­fi­cer who fa­tally shot Rayshard Brooks can be free on bond while his case is pend­ing, a judge ruled Tues­day.

Ful­ton County Judge Jane Bar­wick set a bond of $500,000 for Gar­rett Rolfe, who faces charges in­clud­ing felony mur­der in the killing of Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man.

Ap­pear­ing via tele­con­fer­ence be­cause of the coro­n­avirus, lawyers for Rolfe ar­gued that he is a na­tive Ge­or­gian with strong ties to the com­mu­nity who is not at risk of flee­ing and is not a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity. A prose­cu­tor ar­gued that Rolfe, 27, was a flight risk and might in­tim­i­date wit­nesses.

Brooks’ wife, Tomika Miller, sobbed to the judge, ask­ing her not to grant bond for Rolfe.

“I say no to it,” she said. “I say no be­cause, men­tally, I’m not able to han­dle it.”

Bar­wick thanked Miller but said Rolfe “is not a flight risk and I do not be­lieve he is a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity.”

 ?? BRYNN AN­DER­SON, POOL/AP ?? Former At­lanta po­lice Of­fi­cer Gar­rett Rolfe (right) with at­tor­ney Lance LoRusso on Tues­day.
BRYNN AN­DER­SON, POOL/AP Former At­lanta po­lice Of­fi­cer Gar­rett Rolfe (right) with at­tor­ney Lance LoRusso on Tues­day.

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