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开枪打死瑞夏德·布鲁克斯的前警官起诉

2020-08-06 11:48   美国新闻网   - 

亚特兰大——前亚特兰大警察开枪打死了瑞夏德·布鲁克斯,他正在起诉市长和临时警察局长,称他的开枪违反了他的宪法权利和城市法规。与此同时,检察官要求法官撤销他的保释。

加勒特·罗尔夫于6月13日被解雇,此前一天,他在亚特兰大一家温迪餐厅外开枪打死了布鲁克斯。在周二向富尔顿县高级法院提起的诉讼中,他说他被解雇“没有经过调查,没有适当的通知,没有纪律听证会,直接违反了亚特兰大市的市政法规。”

27岁的罗尔夫面临11项指控,包括重罪谋杀。他于6月30日被授予债券。

也是在周二,检察官提出了撤销罗尔夫保证金的动议,称他未经许可前往佛罗里达州。该动议称,保证书“明确规定,被告只能因医疗、法律或与工作相关的义务而离家。”

警方的人体摄像头显示,罗尔夫和另一名警官德文·布鲁斯南(Devin Brosnan)与布鲁克斯进行了长达40多分钟的平静而恭敬的交谈,此前他们抱怨称,6月12日,这名27岁的黑人男子在温迪的免下车车道上的车里睡着了。

但是当警察告诉他酒后驾车并试图给他戴上手铐时,布鲁克斯拒绝了。dash摄像机捕捉到了一场打斗。布鲁克斯抓起他们的一只泰瑟枪逃跑了,在他逃跑时向罗尔夫发射了泰瑟枪。

尸检发现布鲁克斯背部中了两枪。

26岁的布鲁斯南被控严重侵犯人身罪,违反了他的誓言,同时也获得了保释。

《每日报道》首次报道了罗尔夫的诉讼,称罗尔夫“在其职责范围内”使用了致命武力,以回应“布鲁克斯对合法逮捕的暴力、非法、挑衅性抵抗。”"

该诉讼称,罗尔夫只能受到纪律处分或因某种原因被解雇,他有权获得正当程序。在罗尔夫被当天辞职的时任局长埃里卡·希尔兹解雇之前,没有采取城市法规中规定的适当措施。

该诉讼还指出,布鲁斯南和许多其他亚特兰大警官被指控犯罪,但在他们的刑事指控悬而未决期间,他们仍在工作。

该诉讼称,罗尔夫“因被非法解雇而对其个人和职业声誉造成了不可挽回的伤害”,并补充称,他“已成为公众瞩目的焦点和嘲笑的对象。”

该诉讼要求法官举行听证会,并下令立即恢复罗尔夫的职务,并支付欠薪和其他福利。

亚特兰大警方周三以诉讼悬而未决为由拒绝置评。市长办公室没有立即回复置评请求。

检方周一下午收到罗尔夫的一名律师发来的电子邮件,通知他们罗尔夫已前往佛罗里达州度假,根据动议撤销他的保证金。该动议称,罗尔夫所佩戴的脚踝监视器所属公司的一份位置报告显示,他周日早些时候离开家,当时在代托纳海滩。

检方并不知道罗尔夫已获准旅行,他们辩称,罗尔夫“已明确表示,他不会遵守法院规定的保证金条件。”

罗尔夫的律师周三没有立即回复寻求置评的电子邮件。
 

Former officer who shot Rayshard Brooks sues over firing

ATLANTA -- The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks is suing the mayor and interim police chief, saying his firing violated his constitutional rights and the city code. Meanwhile, prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke his bond.

Garrett Rolfe was fired June 13, the day after he fatally shot Brooks outside a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court, he says he was fired “without an investigation, without proper notice, without a disciplinary hearing, and in direct violation of the municipal code of the City of Atlanta.”

Rolfe, 27, faces 11 charges, including felony murder. He was granted bond June 30.

Also Tuesday, prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Rolfe's bond, saying he had traveled to Florida without permission. The bond order “expressly states that the Defendant is only allowed to leave home for medical, legal, or work related obligations,” the motion says.

Police body cameras showed Rolfe and another officer, Devin Brosnan, having a calm and respectful conversation with Brooks for more than 40 minutes after complaints that the 27-year-old Black man had fallen asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru lane on June 12.

But when officers told him he’d had too much to drink to be driving and tried to handcuff him, Brooks resisted. A struggle was caught on dash camera video. Brooks grabbed one of their Tasers and fled, firing the Taser at Rolfe as he ran away.

An autopsy found Brooks was shot twice in the back.

Brosnan, 26, is charged with aggravated assault and violating his oath and is also free on bond.

Rolfe's lawsuit, which was first reported by the Daily Report, argues that Rolfe used deadly force “within the scope and course of his duties” in response to “Brooks' violent, unlawful, aggressive resistance to a lawful arrest.”

The lawsuit says that Rolfe could only be disciplined or terminated for cause and that he has a right to due process. The proper steps, outlined in the city code, were not taken before Rolfe was fired by then-Chief Erika Shields, who resigned the same day.

The lawsuit also notes that Brosnan and many other Atlanta police officers who have been charged with crimes have remained employed while their criminal charges were pending.

Rolfe “has suffered irreparable injury to his personal and professional reputation as a result of his unlawful dismissal,” the lawsuit says, adding that he “has become a public spectacle and object of ridicule.”

The lawsuit asks a judge to hold a hearing and to order that Rolfe be immediately reinstated with back pay and other benefits.

Atlanta police on Wednesday declined to comment, citing the pending litigation. The mayor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Prosecutors received an email Monday afternoon from one of Rolfe's attorneys notifying them that Rolfe had traveled to Florida for vacation, according to the motion to revoke his bond. A location report from the company that owns the ankle monitor Rolfe is wearing shows that he left home early Sunday and was in Daytona Beach, the motion says.

Prosecutors aren't aware of him having been granted permission to travel and they argue that Rolfe “has clearly shown that he will not abide by the conditions of bond imposed by the Court.”

Lawyers for Rolfe did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.

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