Tomika Miller — the widow of Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot last Friday by white police officer Garrett Rolfe at a Wendy’s in Atlanta — speaks out after Rolfe was charged with felony murder.
“I just want to say thank you and I just hope that everything falls out how it needs to fall out. These officers are charged. I’m really hurt, Father’s Day coming up, and all I can do is think about, what if my husband was still here?” Miller said at an emotional press conference on Wednesday.
When asked how she felt about Brooks’ last moments, Miller added, “That was very hard. I didn’t imagine being there because I don’t know what I would have done if I would have seen it for myself. But I felt everything that he felt just by hearing what he went through. And it hurt, it hurt really bad.”
Earlier that day, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that Rolfe faces 11 criminal charges, including felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property, and violation of oath by a public officer.
If convicted of the murder charge, Rolfe could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Devin Brosnan, another officer on the scene, faces three charges, including aggravated assault for standing or stepping on Mr. Brooks’ shoulder after he was shot.
Howard said Brosnan has agreed to testify against Rolfe and that prosecutors are recommending a bond of $50,000 in exchange for his cooperation.
However, Brosnan’s lawyer, Don Samuel, later disputed this on CNN, saying his client is cooperating with investigators but has not agreed to testify or to plead guilty to any charge.
Samuel also disputed his client’s aggravated assault charge, claiming that Brosnan placed his foot on Brooks to make sure he “didn’t have access to a weapon.” The lawyer also claims Brosnan had fallen and suffered a concussion and was not initially aware that Brooks had been shot.
On the night of Friday, June 12, authorities arrived at a Wendy’s in Atlanta and reportedly found Brooks asleep in his car, which was parked in the drive-through.
Rolfe later shot Brooks after authorities said Brooks had seized a Taser from an officer and allegedly fired it as he ran.
On Monday, Brooks’ family organized a memorial service in his honor, held about 10 minutes away from the Wendy’s parking lot.
“My little cousin was a good person. My little cousin was a happy person,” Rayshard’s cousin said in a moving speech.
Per family attorney L. Chris Stewart, Tyler Perry has offered to pay for Brooks’ funeral.