The Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks was reprimanded for using a firearm in 2017

  • Atlanta police on Monday released the disciplinary histories of Officer Devin Brosnan and now-former Officer Garrett Rolfe.
  • The pair were involved in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks on June 12 in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant.
  • Rolfe, who has been fired, received a written reprimand for use-of-force involving a firearm on October 17. It’s the only use-of-force complaint leveled against him.
  • He had been with the department for nearly seven years and had faced 12 investigations. He was exonerated in nine of them.
  • Brosnan joined the agency a year ago and had no disciplinary history. He’s been put on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated.
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The Atlanta Police Department on Monday released the disciplinary histories for two white officers involved in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man who wound up on the policemen’s radar after falling asleep in a Wendy’s drive-thru on Friday night.

The department identified Garrett Rolfe as the officer who opened fire at Brooks. The encounter began peacefully but escalated when Rolfe and Officer Devin Brosnan tried to arrest Brooks. Brooks tussled with him, grabbed one of their Tasers, fired it at them, and also tried to flee, according to video footage of the incident.

Rolfe’s job was terminated on Sunday after being with the agency for nearly seven years, since October 2013.

A charging decision is expected soon, but District Attorney Paul Howard told CNN on Sunday that Brooks “did not seem to present any kind of threat to anyone, and so the fact that it would escalate to his death just seems unreasonable.”

Police records show that Rolfe received a written reprimand in October 2017 for use-of-force involving a firearm. It was the only use-of-force complaint on his disciplinary history.

He did, however, receive a written reprimand in September 2018 and an oral admonishment in 2014, both over vehicle accidents. The document doesn’t provide more details about each incident.


In all, Rolfe’s disciplinary file includes 12 incidents, including four citizen complaints as well as a firearm discharge in 2015 that did not have a conclusive action taken.

Nine investigations are marked “exonerated” or “no action taken.”

Brosnan, who is now on administrative leave, became a police officer almost exactly a year before Brooks’ shooting, on June 13, 2019. He did not have a disciplinary history prior to Brooks’ death, according to police records.

Police Chief Erika Shields also resigned after Brooks died.

Police violence and systemic racism have been thrust into the international spotlight since George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25, pinned under the knees of three Minneapolis policemen. One of them, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes even though Floyd was handcuffed and pleading for air.

His death sparked outrage, which prompted Black Lives Matter demonstrations around the globe.

Brooks’ death has had a similar impact on Atlanta, with hundreds taking to the streets to demand justice. On Saturday, protesters also torched the Wendy’s where he died and blocked traffic.

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