Garrett Rolfe — the ex-cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last month at a Wendy’s in Atlanta — has been released from jail.
At a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Jane C. Barwick set the former police officer’s bond at $500,000 and mandated that he must surrender his passport, wear an ankle monitor, obey a curfew, have no contact with Brooks’ family or any other witnesses or alleged victims in the case, and have no communications with any Atlanta police officers.
At 12:27 a.m. the next morning, Rolfe was released from prison after posting bond.
After the judge’s ruling, L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller, attorneys for the Brooks family, told TMZ that while they are “disappointed that [Rayshard’s] killer was granted bond today, they understand that this is just one step in the long quest for justice for Rayshard.”
“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,” the lawyers added.
At the hearing, Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, gave an emotional speech urging the judge not to grant Rolfe bond.
“My husband did not deserve to die, and I should not live in fear while waiting for the man who killed my husband to be tried in court,” Miller told the court.
“My life is completely turned upside down since this has happened,” she continued. “I’ve been unable to sleep, eat, or even console my children.”
While Barwick thanked Miller for bravely addressing the court, she said the bond decision is “not the ultimate issue in the case as to whether this defendant is guilty of these charges.” Barwick ruled in favor of the bond because she declared that Rolfe poses no flight risk or danger.
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 June 17, 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.
In a bond motion filed Monday, Rolfe’s attorneys Noah Pines and Bill Thomas said “there is significant evidence that proves [Rolfe] was legally justified in using deadly force” against Brooks, as they claim their client was acting in self-defense.
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.