President says he hopes officer charged with felony homicide will get ‘a good shake’ at his trial
President Donald Trump has weighed in on the taking pictures of Rayshard Brooks, saying “you possibly can’t resist a police officer” and that, extra extensively, police haven’t been handled pretty.
His feedback throughout a Fox information interview got here after Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta officer who fatally shot Brooks within the again after he fled with a stun gun, was charged with felony murder amongst different expenses.
Prosecutors mentioned Brooks, who was black, posed no risk when he was gunned down and that the white officer kicked him and provided no medical remedy as he lay dying on the bottom.
Trump mentioned on Wednesday “you possibly can’t resist a police officer” and mentioned he heard a proof from Rolfe’s lawyer that the officer heard a sound like a gunshot and noticed a flash in entrance of him.
“I don’t know that I might have essentially believed that, however I’ll inform you, that’s a really fascinating factor and possibly that’s so,” Trump mentioned. “They’ll have to search out out. It’s as much as justice proper now. It’s going to be as much as justice. I hope he will get a good shake as a result of police haven’t been handled pretty in our nation. They haven’t been handled pretty.”
Brooks was holding a stun gun he had snatched from officers however was 18 toes(5.5 metres) away when he was shot by Rolfe and was working away on the time, the District Lawyer Paul Howard mentioned in saying the fees 5 days after the killing exterior a Wendy’s restaurant rocked town.
Following the fees, Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, mentioned morale within the police division was “down ten-fold”. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday evening, Bottoms mentioned, “we anticipate our officers will preserve their dedication to our communities” amid studies that officers have been calling in sick.
The taking pictures sparked new demonstrations in Georgia’s capital towards police brutality, after often turbulent protests in response to George Floyd’s dying in Minneapolis had largely simmered down. The Atlanta police chief, Erika Shields, resigned lower than 24 hours after Brooks died.