GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — The former Atlanta police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks posted bond overnight.
Channel 2 Action News was outside the Gwinnett County jail all night Tuesday and early Wednesday morning where Garrett Rolfe was being held. We didn’t see him come out the front door, but according to jail records, he posted the $500,000 bond that a judge granted on Tuesday.
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The bond does come with conditions:
- Rolfe must wear an ankle monitor
- Rolfe will have a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with exceptions for work, legal or medical reasons
- Rolfe must surrender his passport
- Rolfe is not allowed to possess or carry any firearms
- Rolfe will not have any contact with family members of Brooks or any witnesses, including the three other victims in the case
- Rolfe will not have any contact with other police officers
Rolfe shot and killed Brooks on June 12 in the Wendy’s parking lot on University Avenue after Brooks fought with officers and took their taser. The officer is facing a total of 11 charges.
Defense attorneys Bill Thomas and Noah Pines argued that Rolfe was not a flight a risk and submitted 28 character letters to the state on Rolfe’s behalf.
Brooks’ family released the following statement after Rolfe was granted bond:
“While the family of Rayshard Brooks is disappointed that his killer was granted bond today, they understand that this is just one step in the long quest for justice for Rayshard. Rather than looking at this process as a series of ‘wins’ or ‘losses,’ it’s imperative that we continue to push for systemic change within our criminal justice system. From hate crime laws being passed to increasing oversight of members of law enforcement, our job is to ensure that positive change comes from this tragic situation. We will be diligent in our pursuit of justice for this family and will do everything in our power to make sure that Rayshard Brooks did not lose his life in vain.”
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