Over the objections of prosecutors and an emotional widow, a Fulton County decide on Tuesday granted a $500,000 bond to fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who’s charged with the June 12 killing of Rayshard Brooks

Fulton Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick made her choice after discovering Rolfe was not a danger of flight and posed no important risk of committing a criminal offense or intimidating witnesses after being launched from custody. Even although a prosecutor and protection attorneys argued over the strengths or weaknesses of the case, Barwick mentioned that was not an element in her choice.

Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, turned overcome with grief when addressing Barwick. 

“I say no to it, I say no,” Miller mentioned, referring to a potential bond. “Because mentally I’m not able to handle it.” 

Miller broke down when saying she couldn’t rejoice her marriage ceremony anniversary with Brooks on June 14.

“He was a loving, caring, wonderful father and the best husband I could ask for,” Miller mentioned. “He had the brightest smile and the biggest heart.” 


At one level, Miller had to pause to regain her composure. She then expressed anger at Rolfe for allegedly kicking Brooks, 27, as he lay on the bottom after being shot after which ready two minutes earlier than rendering first support. 

“My family has suffered so much,” she mentioned. “My husband wasn’t perfect but he didn’t deserve to die.”

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The hearing in Barwick’s courtroom was open to the general public and members of the information media, who adhered to social distancing necessities in the gallery. But Rolfe, his attorneys, prosecutors and Miller attended the proceedings by way of Zoom videoconferencing, they usually could possibly be seen on a big display screen positioned in entrance of the decide.

“We are happy that the judge thoughtfully considered all of the appropriate factors and granted a bond,” Noah Pines, certainly one of Rolfe’s attorneys, mentioned after the listening to. The authorized staff was engaged on acquiring the 27-year-old ex-officer’s launch, he mentioned. 

“While the family of Rayshard Brooks is disappointed that his killer was granted bond today, they understand that this is just one step in the long quest for justice for Rayshard,” attorneys Chris Stewart and Justin Miller, who symbolize the Brooks household, mentioned in an announcement.

Barwick imposed quite a few circumstances for Rolfe’s bond: he should put on an ankle monitor, haven’t any contact with witnesses, abide by a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, give up his passport, and never possess any firearms.

Rolfe was fired lower than 24 hours after his deadly taking pictures of Brooks was performed out on video recordings, and he was criminally charged 5 days after the taking pictures. 

Rolfe killed Brooks in a south Atlanta Wendy’s parking zone. Protests erupted throughout the town, the Wendy’s was set ablaze, and Police Chief Erika Shields submitted her resignation

Rolfe, a licensed DUI officer, had been known as to the scene to help Officer Devin Brosnan. Brosnan had responded to a 911 name that Brooks was asleep in his automotive in the Wendy’s drive-thru lane. 

After giving Brooks subject sobriety and breath exams, Rolfe informed Brooks to put his palms behind his again. At that time, Brooks, who was on probation, tried to flee, and he and the 2 officers fell to the pavement in a wrestle. 

Brooks took management of Brosnan’s Taser and ran throughout the parking zone with Rolfe in pursuit. After Brooks turned and pointed the Taser at Rolfe and pulled the set off, Rolfe fired three pictures, with two fatally hitting Brooks in the again.

Fulton prosecutor Clint Rucker requested Barwick to deny bond to Rolfe, who is charged with felony murder and 10 other offenses.

When Rolfe opened fireplace, Rucker mentioned, Brooks was not pointing the Taser at Rolfe. He had his again turned on the officer, was working away and posed no quick bodily risk, the prosecutor mentioned. 

“I am not excusing the actions of Mr. Brooks, and certainly if he were here today perhaps those matters would be taken up under a different kind of proceeding,” Rucker mentioned. “But I am here to say the shooting of Mr. Brooks in the back by Officer Rolfe was not justified.” 

Rucker additionally contended the case towards Rolfe is strong. 

“It’s so strong that it would provide a motivation for Officer Rolfe to flee this jurisdiction to avoid criminal prosecution,” Rucker mentioned. Without going into specifics, Rucker additionally mentioned Rolfe has acquired $250,000 in donations.

Pines, when arguing for bond, denied that his consumer kicked Brooks when the downed suspect was on the bottom. “That’s simply not true,” he mentioned. 

Bill Thomas, one other lawyer representing Rolfe, learn snippets of a number of letters from Rolfe’s mates, former colleagues and supervisors. They described the previous cop as reliable, somebody who handled suspects with respect and posed no danger of flight. 

Rolfe is not like many different homicide defendants — he’s no “gang-banger” or somebody charged with a drive-by taking pictures, Thomas informed Barwick. “Officer Rolfe was an individual engaged in the performance of his duties, a situation escalated and unfortunately resulted in a death.” 

Thomas had requested Barwick to enable Rolfe to be launched on a $50,000 signature bond, the identical given to Brosnan, who was charged with aggravated assault and three different offenses. Brosnan has strongly denied any wrongdoing. 

For a signature bond, a defendant doesn’t have to put up any cash or property. For the kind of bond imposed on Rolfe, defendants usually have to put up no less than 10 % of that quantity to get hold of their launch.