Rayshard Brooks: Charges Against Atlanta Officers Dropped

Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Facts

  • On Tues., Pete Skandalakis, the Georgia special prosecutor assigned to the Rayshard Brooks death case, announced that the two white police officers involved in his fatal shooting won't face charges.

  • This comes more than two years after the 27-year-old black man was shot after fighting Atlanta Police Dept. (APD) officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan who attempted to arrest him for a DUI.

The Spin

Left narrative

At the time of Brooks death, charges against officers involved in his homicide were supposed to reflect a policing overhaul across the US intended to limit the use of force. However, little has changed in practice and these two officers not facing charges and being still employed with the APD indicates it.

Right narrative

Rolfe and Brosnan acted accordingly to the Georgia law without any criminal intent as proved by the facts. Rayshard Brooks violently resisted arrest, seizing one of their Tasers and firing at the officers multiple times while trying to escape until being deadly shot. The right thing to do was to clear them of all charges.

Nerd narrative

There's a 3% chance that a large American city will fully abolish its police department before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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