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Ex-Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks out of jail after posting bond

Ex-Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks out of jail after posting bond
Posted at 10:51 AM, Jul 01, 2020

ATLANTA —The former Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks on June 12 has been released from jail after posting bond, local TV stations WXIA and WGCL report.

A judge on Tuesday set a bond of $500,000 for Garrett Rolfe, who faces charges including felony murder in the killing of the 27-year-old Black man.

WXIA reports that Rolfe will now have to wear an ankle monitor, surrender his passport, adhere to a curfew, and he can’t possess a firearm.

In a statement obtained by WXIA and WGCL, attorneys representing the Brooks family said they’re disappointed that Rolfe was granted bond, but they understand it’s just one step in a long quest for justice.

Rolfe fatally shot Brooks in the back when Brooks fired a Taser in his direction while running away after a struggle on. Rolfe is white.

Felony murder convictions are punishable by a minimum sentence of life in prison.

The shooting happened against the backdrop of demonstrations nationwide over police brutality.