Atlanta, GA – The stepmother of former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe was terminated by her employer on Thursday, the same day her stepson was arrested for the murder of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks.
Melissa Rolfe was the human resources director for Equity Prime Mortgage LLC (EPM) in Atlanta until June 18.
Her since-deleted bio on the company’s website described her in glowing terms.
“Melissa was born and raised in Cobb County, Ga,” the bio read. “She is married with three grown sons and one grandson. She is honored to be your Human Resource Director and hopes to put over 20 years of experience into furthering the EPM way.”
“She will be using her degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Management to partner with team members to make them feel appreciated, respected and heard,” the bio continued. “Her belief is that staff is the greatest asset at EPM and they need a healthy, happy, fun work environment that promotes personal and professional development.”
But that was until Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene shared a link to the fundraising campaign for Officer Rolfe on her official Facebook page that she said had been sent to her by Melissa Rolfe, according to Heavy.
That post has since been deleted but Greene has continued to publicly support Officer Rolfe.
“The charges against Officer Garret Rolfe are politically-motivated by Democrat prosecutor Paul Howard,” Greene posted to Facebook. “These charges should be dropped at once! The war on our law enforcement is being driven by Democrats who want to completely defund the police and create chaos and anarchy in America.”
“You and I must STAND with our Law Enforcement,” the candidate added beneath a picture of the officer with the words “I Stand With Officer Rolfe.”
On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard held a press conference to announce he was charging former Officer Rolfe with murder for the fatal shooting of Brooks after Brooks discharged a Taser at Officer Rolfe’s face.
The shooting occurred after officers responded to a call for a man asleep in the Wendy’s drive-thru late on June 12.
Officers administered a field sobriety test and established probable cause to arrest Brooks, but when they went to put the suspect in handcuffs, the previously-calm man attacked them.
Brooks stole Atlanta Police Officer Devin Brosnan’s Taser, tased the officer, and then fled with the weapon in hand.
Officer Rolfe pursued Brooks on foot with his own Taser in hand, until Brooks turned back and fired his Taser at Officer Rolfe.
That’s when Officer Rolfe dropped his Taser, drew his pistol, and fatally shot Brooks.
The district attorney claimed at the charging press conference that Officer Brosnan had turned state’s witness to testify against former Officer Rolfe and implied the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) had blessed the charges.
But Officer Brosnan’s attorney quickly announced his client had not agreed to work with the prosecutor and the GBI released a statement that said they hadn’t even completed their investigation into the incident.
In response to the announcement of the charges, countless Atlanta police officers walked off the job on Wednesday night, leaving the city with very few police to respond to 911 calls.
At one point more than 500 calls were left unanswered as police vehicles sat unoccupied in station parking lots.
The Atlanta Police Department was hit with the worst “Blue Flu” ever seen on June 18 when record numbers of officers called out sick for shifts throughout the day and evening, leaving the crime-ridden city to fend for itself.
One of Officer Rolfe’s attorneys, Noah Pines, released a statement that called the district attorney unethical and a liar.
But Melissa Rolfe’s employer didn’t have the same take on the situation.
Tucker Carlson broke the story on FOX News on Thursday night and said the stepmother had been fired for social media posts, but didn’t give any detail.
That’s when the mortgage company that formerly employed her went on the attack and posted a message to its Twitter account announcing they had terminated Melissa Rolfe because she was a threat to their safe workplace environment.
— Equity Prime Mortgage LLC (@Equity_Prime) June 19, 2020
“As an employer, it is imperative to maintain a safe environment for all employees. Melissa Rolfe’s termination was a direct result of her actions in the workplace and violation of company policy,” the statement read.
“While working with Melissa as she transitioned to a leave of absence granted by our organization, we discovered she violated company policy and created an uncomfortable working environment for many of our employees,” the statement continued.
“As an HR director, she ultimately lost the confidence of her peers, leadership, and many employees who no longer felt comfortable engaging with her. We value diversity of thought and respect Melissa’s personal views and the views of all employees; however, when those views create a hostile working environment, we must make difficult decisions to part ways,” the company explained without actually saying what the now-former employee had done that was so offensive.
A few hours before the statement that named Melissa Rolfe, the company had tweeted a lengthy statement that claimed one of their guiding principles was “Do the right thing, always.”
EPM is dedicated to being an organization that strives for diversity and equality. We are guided by the 23 fundamentals of the EPM Way to be an advocate for financial empowerment in the communities we serve. pic.twitter.com/ag7wkZLl13
— Equity Prime Mortgage LLC (@Equity_Prime) June 18, 2020
The company has found itself under attack from literally thousands of angry Twitter users who have accused the company of a lack of tolerance.
“Translation: we had hotheaded employees who unfairly judged her son, she tried to defend him, they called her a racist, so we had to part ways,” @DocKilmer tweeted.
Even people who claimed to be liberals were horrified that Melissa Rolfe was “cancelled” for her connection to Officer Rolfe.
“I even lean left but this to me is jacked up, where does it end? Cancel/Outrage/Dox culture has run amok. This woman was terminated unjustly and something needs to be done about this company.. The madness has got to stop,” @TheWhiteVontaze tweeted.