Way back in June of 2020, I watched this fiasco develop. Rayshard Brooks, a black man who was arrested by police for being drunk (35% over the legal limit) and passed out in his car, blocking a Wendy’s drive-up lane, was shot and killed in a subsequent confrontation with police in Atlanta. A mostly peaceful protest of BLM types ensued, with the Wendy’s being set on fire, since it was all Wendy’s fault. The Atlanta Chief of Police quickly resigned, the coward. Atlanta’s race-baiting mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms then pronounced the police officer who fired the fatal shots, Garrett Rolfe, guilty before knowing what happened—of course she did— and demanded that he be terminated with no investigation and no due process.
“Last night’s incident began about 10:30 p.m. outside a Wendy’s on University Avenue. Wendy’s employees called the police after receiving a complaint about a man asleep in his vehicle in the Drive-in line, which forced other customers to go around his car to get their food at the window.
Responding to the call was the police’s first mistake. They should have asked if the man was black, and upon receiving an answer in the affirmative, should have told Wendy’s, “Sorry, you’re on your own. We’d deal with it if the guy was white, but we can’t afford any situation these where a black guy might get gets hurt. Let him sleep it off. ‘Bye!” I’m completely serious. Any police department that isn’t under standing orders to let black lawbreakers at any level just go about their anti-social, illegal business without police intervention is asking for a disaster.
The sleeping man, Atlanta resident Rayshard Brooks, was roused by the police and given a field sobriety test. He was drunk. After failing the test… Brooks was told that he was being taken into custody. NOOOOO! The odds were that he would resist, and this is how so many of these encounters go out of control. Again, the police should have just let him go.
Not if he was white, of course. If he was white and they just shot him for the hell of it, there would be no uproar, no riots.
During the arrest, we are told, Brooks resisted and struggled with the police. What a surprise! Then the officer took out his taser. According to police, Brooks managed to take the taser away from the officer, and was shot. He later died at the hospital.
Of course there was a cell phone video. A Wendy’s customer’s recording appears to show two officers struggling with Brooks in the parking lot, but Brooks looks like he is running away from them when he is shot. Wendy’s surveillance footage appears to show Brooks turn toward the police and attempt to fire the Taser at them as he runs away. Then he’s shot...”
Atlanta’s Civil Service Board this week ordered the reinstatement of Rolfe, who is still facing felony murder and other charges relating to Rayshard Brooks death, ruling that he was denied due process when Mayor Bottoms fired him less than 24 hours after the incident. Ya think? Bottoms, of course, being a member in good standing of the totalitarian-tending party that now has its knee on America’s neck, gave the predictable party line in her defense: “The ends justifies the means.” She said,
“Given the volatile state of our city and nation last summer, the decision to terminate this officer, after he fatally shot Mr. Brooks in the back, was the right thing to do.Had immediate action not been taken, I firmly believe that the public safety crisis we experienced during that time would have been significantly worse.”
So just sacrifice a police officer’s rights, career, livelihood, reputation and life because some assholes are determined to riot! Got it! That’s “doing the right thing” today.
In a sane world and a sane city, Bottoms’ statement alone would be sufficient to get the mayor impeached.
Incredibly, then Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard charged Rolfe with 11 criminal counts including felony murder, and the other officer on the scene, who was not fired, with aggravated assault.That the charges haven’t been dropped by now seems to be based on the hope that the new “Fair trial? Cops don’t deserve no stinkin’ fair trial!” standard that operated against Derek Chavin will catch on. Brooks was shot as he turned and attempted to fire the officer’s taser at Rolfe. It was captured on video. Pursuing a prosecution is unethical, and it should be futile.
But Facts Don’t Matter.
Adding to the hilarity was Mayor Bottoms’ news conference the day before Rolfe was reinstated. She boldly said she would address the city’s erupting homicide rate by…. forming a committee. Last year authorities investigated 157 homicides, the most in 25 years, and murders are up 60% over that rate in 2021. “If there’s more we can do, I’m asking this working group to give us recommendations,” Bottoms said.
Hey, I’ve got an idea! Why doesn’t Atlanta allow police to enforce the law without being at risk of being sacrificed to the mob every time a black perp decides to resist arrest?
Nah, too crazy. I keep wondering how long qualified individuals will continue being willing to endure this abuse in order to serve the public, and not only in Atlanta. It can’t be much longer.