‘Murderer’ cop who shot Rayshard Brooks ‘begged him to stay alive and told friends he didn’t mean to pull the trigger’ – The Sun
BODYCAM footage shows Garrett Rolfe, the former police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back, telling Brooks to stay alive as officers administer CPR.
Rolfe, 27, shot Brooks, 27 twice in the back on June 12 outside a fast-food restaurant in Atlanta, where Brooks had fallen asleep in the drive-through.
New bodycam footage obtained by the Daily Mail shows officers administering CPR while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
"Mr Brooks, keep breathing," Rolfe can be heard saying as he stands near Brooks, who is surrounded by kneeling officers, some of whom are performing CPR.
Rolfe can then be heard telling another officer that the bodycam he's carrying isn't his, and asking if he has blood on his elbow, expressing concern over whether it is his own blood or Brooks'.
"I felt blood on my elbow, I don't know if it's mine or his, I want to get it off," he says, before confirming, "Yeah, I'm good."
He then begins radioing a report of an officer-involved shooting at a Wendy's.
He approaches other officers near the ambulance and discusses a Taser that Brooks had reportedly pointed at him, and asks if anyone has any disinfectant wipes as the video ends.
The New York Times reported that after shooting Brooks twice in the back, Rolfe then kicked him as he was on the ground and declared "I got him," while offering no medical treatment as Brooks died.
An unnamed friend of Rolfe's told the Daily Mail that the then-cop didn't want to shoot Brooks, but feared Brooks might kill him.
One said: "Garret didn't want to do it. He had been punched and was dazed. Brooks had gone to tase him and he said that he knew that if he went down Brooks might kill him."
Rolfe was fired shortly after the incident and now faces 11 criminal charges, including murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
If convicted, he could possibly face life in prison or the death penalty.
Officer Rolfe was charged with murder on Wednesday as it emerged video from scene showed the victim was "kicked while dying" on the ground.
Both Atlanta cops involved in Brooks' death – Rolfe and Devin Brosnan – will be charged, District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. announced.
Brooks allegedly failed a sobriety test, took a cop's taser and tried to run from authorities.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned less than a day after Brooks was shot.
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