The Fulton County district attorney announced on June 17th that the former police officer that shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta on June 12 faces 11 charges, including felony murder.

Garrett Rolfe was fired after footage showed him shooting Brooks in the back as Brooks fled the scene. Felony murder carries a sentence of life in prison without parole. The other officer on the scene will act as a witness to the state.

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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that standard operating procedures (SOP) for the city prohibit officers from firing a taser at someone running away. “The city of Atlanta SOP, in fact, prohibit officers from firing tasers someone who is running away. So the city of Atlanta says you could not even fire a taser at someone who is running away. So you certainly can’t fire a gun, a handgun at someone who is running away,” he said. He also said that Brooks “never presented himself as a threat.”

Howard also showed footage of the police officer kicking Books while he laid on the ground after he was shot. “Once Mr. Brooks was shot, there is an Atlanta policy that requires that the officers have to provide timely medical attention to Mr. Brooks or to anyone who is injured. But after Mr. Brooks was shot, for some period of two minutes and 12 seconds, there was no medical attention applied to Mr. Brooks,” the district attorney said.

“Unfortunately, this marks the 40th prosecution of police officers for misconduct here in our county. And this is the ninth time that we’ve prosecuted a homicide case committed by a police officer. Eight of those cases involved black males, and one of those cases involved a black female,” Howard said.

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