Rayshard Brooks

The two Atlanta police officers who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks will not be charged with his death.

Prosecutors made the announcement on Tuesday, more than two years after Brooks was fatally shot in the parking lot of an Atlanta Wendy’s on June 12, 2020.

Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia Executive Director Pete Skandalakis gave a detailed presentation on his decision.

As soon as he brought out the Powerpoint presentation I KNEW it was about to be some BS.

Skandalakis said the officers’ use of deadly force was reasonable and they did not act with criminal intent.

“You look at the totality of the circumstances. What did the officer know in that time, in that moment, in that split second,” Skandalakis said.

Police say on the night of June 12, Rayshard Brooks fell asleep in the Wendy’s drive-thru line. 

When police responded, he struggled with officers, grabbed one of the officer’s taser, and tried to run away.

Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan chased and shot Rayshard to death after he pointed the taser at Rolfe’s head.

Following the shooting Rolfe was charged with 11 crimes including felony murder, aggravated assault, and more. 

Brosnan was charged with aggravated assault and two counts of violation of oath of office.

Skandalakis said that the department brought in outside experts to brown down the video of the shooting frame-by-frame.

The expert said that while Brooks had his back turned to the officers when he was shot, he was twisted around and still in the process of firing the Taser.

“It’s my finding that Rolfe acted within accordance with Georgia law,” the expert said. “It’s my conclusion that the use of deadly force was reasonable.”

Watch as Pete Skandalakis announces the decision not to charge the officers in the Rayshard Brooks killing below.

What are your thoughts on the prosecutor’s decision not to charge the officers?

Source: WSBTV, 11 Alive