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Ex-Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks granted bond

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District attorney to announce whether charges will be filed against officer who shot Rayshard Brooks
Posted at 4:15 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 16:15:04-04

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge says the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks can be free on bond while his case is pending.

A judge on Tuesday set a bond of $500,000 for Garrett Rolfe, who faces charges including felony murder in the killing of the 27-year-old Black man. Rolfe fatally shot Brooks in the back when Brooks fired a Taser in his direction while running away after a struggle on June 12. Rolfe is white.

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Rayshard Brooks' death at the hands of police ruled a homicide
This screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant, late Friday, June 12, 2020, in Atlanta. Rolfe has been fired following the fatal shooting of Brooks and a second officer has been placed on administrative duty. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)

Felony murder convictions are punishable by a minimum sentence of life in prison. The shooting happened against the backdrop of demonstrations nationwide over police brutality.

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