WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The former police officer charged with the killing of Rayshard Brooks failed to report another black American shooting incident in 2015.
- Court records obtained by the Guardian stated that while the suspect was taken to the hospital because of gunshots, the officers did not mention any shooting incident.
- During the shooting incident at Wendy’s drive-thru on Friday, Rolfe shot Brooks twice while fleeing.
The Atlanta police who lethally shot Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy’s parking area in Atlanta Friday was earlier accused of allegedly covering up a shooting incident that involved another officer, records from a court reveal.
The former Atlanta cop, Garrett Rolfe, who got sacked over the controversial homicide of Brooks, has purportedly opened fire on a black American man, Jackie Jermaine Harris, in 2015.
The Guardian reported that Rolf has deliberately unable to disclose the shooting incident on the report he and other police responders submitted.
During a court proceeding in 2016, Fulton County Judge Doris L. Downs lambasted the police officers for their deception.
On the document acquired by the outlet, Downs commented that the officers did not mention any shooting incident on their report, even if they sent a person to the Grady (Memorial Hospital) in a critical condition, the cops did write a thing about it.
The county further wrote that she would lawfully require all the accounts filed, and the officers should be held liable for their mistakes.
Attorney Serena Nunn, counsel for Harris, has said police proclaimed that her client got injured during the incident, but the shooting was not stipulated.
She further said though that her client’s collapsed lungs due to shooting at the back was not a simple case of injury, and the arresting officers never filed the details. Court record showed Nunn told Downs that officers should uphold the law all the time, and she can’t see any valid reason why the shooting was not at the report.
It’s was uncertain if any necessary action was made. The Guardian reported that both the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and Atlanta Police Department and did not entertain any request for any information about the matter.
The newspaper said Harris inside a truck when he was shot after crushing against a police vehicle during a pursuit. The suspect recovered and finally pleaded guilty to property damage, theft, damaging police property, and fleeing arrest.
During the incident at Wendy’s on Friday, Rolfe fired at Brooks twice while running away during an arrest on what started as a sobriety test procedure.
Brooks was found sleeping in the drive-thru lane of Wendy’s. While being tested, a commotion happened, and Brooks took away a taser gun from one of the officers. Tensions quickly escalated, which led to the death of Brooks.