The widow of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks is suing the City of Atlanta and the officers for his death. His wife, Tomeka Miller, said that the shooting was “senseless and unjustified” in the lawsuit on behalf of Brooks’ estate. In addition, the lawsuit states that the officers didn’t provide the necessary medical attention that Brooks needed.
Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan were named in Miller’s lawsuit. She claimed Brosnan threatened Brooks with a taser without completing a mandatory Taser certification course. Rolfe has been charged in the shooting of Brooks.
The lawsuit also implicated the City of Atlanta for failure to enforce that its police department adhere to the adequate training, and lack of supervision of its officers.
According to the documents, Miller also says Brooks turned his back on the cops and started running away after being tased, with Rolfe chasing after him and firing 3 bullets from his gun, 2 of which struck Brooks in the back and caused him to crumple to the ground.
“I know you’re just doing your job,” Brooks told one of the officers about 40 minutes into the encounter when he agrees to a breath test. After he takes the test, an officer tries to handcuff Brooks and he attempts to flee — resulting in a struggle that ended with his death on June 13, 2020.
Soon after his death, then-Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who joined the department as a beat officer in 1995, resigned after nearly four years as chief. In a statement, Shields called for Atlanta to “move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
In the fifteen months that have passed, it was determined Rolfe was wrongly terminated, according to a ruling by Atlanta Civil Service Board.
The Atlanta Police Department, in a statement, said: “It is important to note that the CSB did not make a determination as to whether officer Rolfe violated Atlanta Police Department policies. In light of the CSB’s rulings, APD will conduct an assessment to determine if additional investigative actions are needed.”
The APD said the decision merely said the firing process was “not done in accordance with the Atlanta City Code.”
In August 2021, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr appointed Pete Skandalakis as District Attorney Pro Tempore to prosecute the Rayshard Brooks case. Skandalakis is the third District Attorney to prosecute this case, following former Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard and current D.A. Fani Willis.