Fulton County Sheriff’s OfficeBy STEPHANIE WASH and BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(ATLANTA) — A white former Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder in the death of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was shot twice in the back, was granted a bond of $500,000 on Tuesday despite Brooks’ widow making a tearful plea to keep him locked up.Following a nearly two-hour hearing, Judge Jane C. Barwick of the Superior Court of Fulton County granted bail to Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot the 27-year-old Brooks while on duty June 12 in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant.Rolfe, who has been in the Gwinnett County Jail since he surrendered on June 18, was expected to be released on Tuesday afternoon following the posting of bail, according to his attorneys. He only has to put up 10%, or $50,000, to secure the bond.In making her decision, Barwick rejected arguments from prosecutors that Rolfe is a danger to the community and a flight risk.“I do not believe he is a danger to the community,” Barwick said.The judge imposed a series of strict conditions for Rolfe’s release, requiring him to be fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, adhere to a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, surrender his passport, possess no firearms, and avoid contact with Brooks’ family, witnesses in the case, and any Atlanta police officer.While the hearing was held in Barwick’s courtroom, Rolfe’s attorneys, prosecutors and other participants attended via Zoom video conferencing.Prior to announcing her decision, Barwick allowed Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, to address the court.Miller asked Barwick to deny Rolfe bond.“My husband did not deserve to die, and I should not have to live in fear while waiting for the man who killed my husband to be tried in court,” Miller said, breaking into tears. “This defendant should not be treated like anyone else who is accused of taking someone’s life without remorse.”Miller also told the judge that Brooks was a “loving, caring, feeling, wonderful father, and the best husband I could ask for.”“He had the brightest smile and the biggest heart,” she said.While Barwick thanked Miller for speaking, she said that like all defendants Rolfe has to be considered innocent until proven guilty. She said her discretion in setting bail was “limited” to the statutes of state law.Rolfe, who was fired from the police department, did not speak during the hearing.He is charged with 11 counts, including felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and seven violations of his office. Three of the aggravated assault charges stem from a stray bullet Rolfe fired that hit a vehicle occupied by three people.Clinton Rucker, executive assistant district attorney for Fulton County, had initially requested that no bail be set for Rolfe, but later requested $1 million bail be set if bail were to be granted. Rolfe’s attorney, Bill Thomas, requested the judge set bail in the range of $50,000 to $100,000.“While the family of Rayshard Brooks is disappointed that his killer was granted bond today, they understand that this is just one step in the long quest for justice for Rayshard,” the family’s attorneys, L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller, said in a joint statement.Brooks’ death came amid seething tensions as protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police broke out in Atlanta and in cities across the nation.The Brooks shooting came just days after six Atlanta police officers were criminally charged after viral video caught them deploying stun guns on two black college students and dragging them from their car as a protest was occurring nearby.Brooks was killed after a Wendy’s employee called police to complain that Brooks was passed out behind the wheel of a car in the drive-thru lane, according to police.Officer Devin Brosnan was the first to arrive on the scene and knocked on Brooks’ window but could not wake him up. Body camera video showed Brosnan opening the door and shaking Brooks awake.Rolfe responded to the scene when Brosnan radioed a dispatcher saying he needed a DUI-certified officer.When officers tried to put Brooks in handcuffs, Brooks struggled, wrestled with both officers on the ground, and then grabbed Brosnan’s stun gun.Surveillance video showed Brooks running through the parking lot as the officers chased after him. While fleeing, Brooks allegedly shot the stun gun at Rolfe, who drew his weapon and opened fire. Brooks died from two gunshots to his back, the medical examiner determined.At a news conference last week, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged that video of the incident recorded Rolfe kicking Brooks as Brooks lay dying on the ground and Brosnan standing on Brooks’ shoulder. But during Tuesday’s hearing, another one of Rolfe’s attorney, Noah Pines, denied that Rolfe kicked Brooks after shooting him.Brosnan, who has been placed on administrative leave from the police department, was charged with two counts of violations of oath and one count of aggravated assault for allegedly standing on Brooks’ shoulder after he was shot by Rolfe. Brosnan also surrendered to authorities on June 18 and was released on $50,000 bail. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
(Todays IS IT TRUE is a repeat from yesterday because many people had problems posting on this site)IS IT TRUE before you read rest of todays IS IT TRUE comments please click the attached link concerning Addendum Number Six to the Agreement for Professional Management Services and License for Uses of the Evansville Arena between the City of Evansville and VenueWork/ VW Sports LLC? …attached is the link to Addendum Number Six to the Agreement for Professional Management Services and License for Uses of the Evansville Arena between the City of Evansville and VenueWork/ VW Sports LLC?Link to Addendum SixIS IT TRUE that Addendum Number Six to the Agreement for Professional Management Services and License for Uses of the Evansville Arena between the City of Evansville and VenueWorks/VW Sports LLC has some very interesting language about what happens to the profits and losses associated with the operation of the Evansville Thunderbolts?…in Section 6 of this agreement it is clearly stated that: “VenuWorks assumes the operation of the SPHL franchise pursuant to the terms of its operating lease by and between VenueWorks/VW Sports LLC and Evansville Professional Hockey, LLC (the “Hockey Operating Lease”) shall be entitled to utilize facility staff and resources reasonably necessary in connection of its operation of the SPHL franchise. During any such period during which VenuWorks operates the SPHL franchise, all operating expenses of the SPHL franchise shall be deemed an expense of the Facility and all operating revenue of the SPHL franchise shall be deemed the revenues of the Facility.”IS IT TRUE the translation of this addendum agreement into common language it seems that all of the financial losses associated with the Evansville Thunderbolts are covered by the City of Evansville?…of course all of the revenue including ticket sales, concessions, and rent are captured by the City of Evansville to offset the losses to the fullest extent that they can?…after reading the entire addendum agreement in many ways it looks like that the Evansville Thunderbolts are and always have been the property of the City of Evansville?…it looks like VW Sports LLC,/VenueWorks may have never had any real financial risk of being stuck with the fruits of their labors with respect to hockey?…this agreement looks like a classic attempt to enabled the City of Evansville to own a commercial enterprise in the form of a hockey team?…per this agreement there may have been an opportunity for VW Sports LLC/VenueWorks to profit from this enterprise but the risk of losses were always destined to be paid for by the City of Evansville?IS IT TRUE that the CCO has exposed many costly acts of buffoonery over the past 18 years from the $200,000 Earthcare Energy LLC debacle, to the $600,000 purchase of the McCurdy parking lot that was given to a political crony of a former Mayor, the Homestead Tax Credit grab mastermind by a couple of City and County officials, the $595,000 purchase of the vacant and dilapidated CVS building on North Main to name a few? …it looks like this deal has all of the hallmarks of similar deception?…we could call this deal SNEGAL (sneaky but legal) but we are not really sure something like setting up a corporation with shareholders who seemly have no real financial risks really meets that definition?…we are certain it was sneaky, but we are not certain this was legal?…it will be interesting if any accountability comes to the “Teflon Republic” (City of Evansville) after this stunt? … we do believe that no reasonable business or political leader holding a $127 million dollar bond note on a facility losing money (Ford Center) and facing an $8 Million dollar annual bond payment would have ever considered such an “investment” in a minor league ice Hockey team?…if this deal does not merit a forensic audit, nothing ever will? …we can’t wait to see how the Evansville City Council members, main stream media and the taxpayers of Evansville are going to address this issue?IS IT TRUE we urge you to read section #4 of Addendum Six posted as Disbursement and Use of Sustained Effort Incentive Fee and tell us what you think about terms offered to VenueWorks by the City of Evansville? …we know that you will find this an extremely interesting read?FOOTNOTE: Todays “READERS POLL” question is Do you feel comfortable with the fact that the owners of VenueWorks now has 100% controlling interest of the Thunderbolt Hockey team?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail read more