June 17 Black Lives Matter protests news

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner, Helen Regan and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:03 a.m. ET, June 18, 2020
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4:31 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Officer who shot Rayshard Brooks faces 11 charges, including felony murder

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced 11 charges against the former Atlanta officer who shot and killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, including felony murder.

Officer Garrett Rolfe was was fired after footage showed him shooting at Brooks multiple times from the back as Brooks fled.

If found guilty of felony murder, Rolfe faces life in prison without parole or the death penalty, Howard said.

Another second officer on the scene, Devin Brosnan, is on administrative duty and also faces three charges, including aggravated assault, Howard said.

Howard announced today that Brosnan will be a witness for the state.

4:11 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Atlanta officer will testify against former cop who killed Brooks, DA says

Devin Brosnan
Devin Brosnan Atlanta Police Dept.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that Devin Brosnan, the other officer on the scene during the killing of Rayshard Brooks, "has now become a state's witness." 

Howard continued: "He has decided to testify on behalf of the state in this case. What he has said to us that is within a matter of days he plans to make a statement regarding the culpability of officer Rolfe." 

Howard said that Brosnan "is not psychologically willing to give that statement today."

Brosnan admitted "he was standing on Mr Brooks' body immediately after the shooting," the district attorney said. He will be charged with aggravated assault and two violations of oath, Howard said.

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4:03 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Police officers "can't fire a gun" at someone running away, DA says

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Atlanta police officers are prohibited from firing a gun at someone who is running away, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said during a news conference today.

Howard referenced the city's standard operating procedure (SOP), which also prohibits officers from firing a taser at someone running away, he said.

"The city of Atlanta SOP, in fact, prohibit officers from firing tasers someone who is running away. So the city of Atlanta says you could not even fire a taser at someone who is running away. So you certainly can't fire a gun, a handgun at someone who is running away," Howard said.

Some context: Video footage shows the police officer fighting on the ground before Rayshard Brooks grabs an officer's Taser and began to run away on June 12 outside a Wendy's.

As the officers chase him, Brooks points the Taser over his shoulder at Rolfe, who then shoots him multiple times, the surveillance video shows. Brooks was struck twice in the back and died at a nearby hospital.

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4:02 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Former Atlanta officer kicked Rayshard Brooks after he shot him, DA says

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that former Atlanta officer Garrett Rolfe kicked Rayshard Brooks "while he laid on ground, while he was there fighting for his life" after he was shot.

Howard said that the other officer on the scene, Devin Brosnan, stood on Brooks' shoulders "while he struggled for his life."

"Once Mr. Brooks was shot, there is an Atlanta policy that requires that the officers have to provide timely medical attention to Mr. Brooks or to anyone who is injured. But after Mr. Brooks was shot, for some period of two minutes and 12 seconds, there was no medical attention applied to Mr. Brooks," the district attorney said.

At the news conference, Howard displayed a photo he said shows Rolfe kicking Brooks after he had been shot. There were audible gasps in the room as Howard revealed the image:

A photo of the officer kicking Brooks was displayed at the press conference.
A photo of the officer kicking Brooks was displayed at the press conference. A photo of the officer kicking Brooks was display

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3:53 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Brooks "never presented himself as a threat," district attorney says

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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Rayshard Brooks was "never informed" that he was under arrest for driving under the influence.

Howard noted that this is a requirement of the Atlanta Police Department when one is charged with a DUI.

Howard added that Brooks "never presented himself as a threat." At first he was sleeping, Howard said, and then "he was cooperative" after he was awakened.

"But Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds," Howard said after his team studied the video evidence.

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3:41 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Rayshard Brooks case marks 40th time police officers have been prosecuted in Fulton County, DA says

Today marks the 40th time Fulton County has prosecuted police officers for misconduct, according to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Howard shared these remarks during a news conference this afternoon in which he said that warrants would be issued in Brooks' case.

"Unfortunately, this marks the 40th prosecution of police officers for misconduct here in our county. And this is the ninth time that we've prosecuted a homicide case committed by a police officer. Eight of those cases involved black males, and one of those cases involved a black female," Howard said.
3:56 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

DA says he interviewed 10 witnesses and watched 8 videos in Brooks case

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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that his office has spoken to 10 different witnesses so far in Rayshard Brooks' case.

"So, the question is asked why were we able to charge this case now? So I want to explain that we have already had an opportunity to speak with three of the witnesses in this case. And those are the three witnesses who were from West Memphis, Tennessee. We have had an opportunity to conduct interviews with seven other witnesses other than the three witnesses from Tennessee," he said.

Howard added that his office has reviewed eight different videos from the shooting scene. Those videos include, two police body cams, two police dash cams, three cell phone videos, and surveillance footage from the Wendy's restaurant.

The district attorney has also examined the two Tasers that were used during the incident.

"We have spent some time examining the Taser evidence in this case," he said. "We've actually examined and possessed the two Tasers that were used. We have also had an opportunity to examine the Taser logs that are prepared as the tasers are used."

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3:32 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Warrants issued in Rayshard Brooks' case

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said he has decided to "issue warrants" in the death of Rayshard Brooks.

The news conference is on going and he has not yet given more details.

2:28 p.m. ET, June 17, 2020

Possible charges in the killing of Rayshard Brooks to be announced soon. Catch up on the latest news.

Rayshard Brooks
Rayshard Brooks Courtesy Stewart Trial Attorneys

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. is expected to announce his charging decision in the fatal police shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, according to a statement from his office.

Howard will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. ET to reveal if he intends to charge the Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta officer who shot Brooks, and fellow officer Devin Brosnan who was also present during the fatal shooting.

Here are the other major headlines you need know:

  • Brooks' family to speak: Rayshard Brooks' widow Tomika Miller and other family members will address reporters today at 4:30 p.m. along with family attorneys, L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller. Brooks' family and attorneys will react to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard's announcement on a charging decision in the police shooting.
  • Actions under scrutiny: The actions of former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck for nearly 9 minutes, Derek Chauvin, are being reviewed by state police conduct investigators, according to a new records request filed Tuesday.  
  • Police reform bill called "inadequate": House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Republican police reform plan is inadequate. "We don't need a study about chokeholds. We don't need a study about no-knock warrants... We know what we need to do," Pelosi told CNN today.