Atlanta, GA – The attorney for Atlanta Police Officer Devin Brosnan said that before Rayshard Brooks was killed, Brooks shot his client with the Taser he stole from him and the officer sustained a concussion when his head slammed on the pavement.
On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard held a press conference to announce he was charging former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe with murder for the fatal shooting of Brooks after Brooks discharged Officer Brosnan’s Taser at Officer Rolfe.
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 also announced at his press conference on June 17 that Officer Brosnan was facing three felony charges.
But Howard bragged 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.
Neither was true.
Officer Brosnan’s attorney quickly announced his client had not agreed to work with the prosecutor against his former fellow officer and the GBI released a statement that said they hadn’t even completed their investigation into the incident.
Don Samuel, one of Officer Brosnan’s attorneys, said that his client’s actions that night had been “exemplary” and that the district attorney’s office hadn’t even bothered to take him up on the offer to review Officer Brosnan’s medical records from after the incident, the New York Post reported.
“Devin ends up taking out his Taser and yelling at him to ‘stop fighting, stop fighting,’” Samuel said. “Mr. Brooks grabbed the Taser from him and shoots… Devin gets shot with the Taser.”
“He then falls over and lands on his head on the pavement and gets a concussion,” the attorney added.
Samuel also disputed the district attorney’s assertions that Officer Brosnan had committed aggravated assault on Brooks after he was shot, the New York Post reported.
At his charging press conference, the district attorney said that Officer Brosnan had stood on Brooks and that former Officer Rolfe had kicked the wounded man after he shot him.
But Samuel said his client, who had just received a concussion, didn’t even realize Brooks was shot when he “put his foot on the arm to make sure he didn’t have access to a weapon.”
“It’s not an assault. It’s a man suffering from a concussion,” the attorney said.
He told CNN his client suffered a number of other injuries that had been documented at the hospital and in pictures.
And Samuel told MSNBC that Officer Brosnan ran and got his First Aid kit and then proceeded to perform CPR on Brooks.
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.