Trump Defends Officer Charged With Murdering Rayshard Brooks
According to The Guardian, President Donald Trump defended Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, during a recent Fox News interview.
- Rolfe faces 11 charges after shooting Brooks twice in the back. Brooks pointed a police taser at Rolfe while running away, but prosecutors attest that the officer knew the taser didn’t work. He was also 18 feet away from Rolfe.
- Outrage over Brooks’s killing has fueled the ongoing protests over racism and police brutality.
- Trump responded to the incident, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity, “You can’t resist a police officer, and if you have a disagreement, you have to take it up after the fact.”
- He continued defending Rolfe, saying, “I hope he [Rolfe] gets a fair shake, because police have not been treated fairly in our country.”
- The Atlanta police department said a significant portion of officers called in sick following their colleague being charged.
- The Guardian noted that in a 2019 video interview, Brooks spoke on criminal reform, saying, “Some people, they get a tap on the wrist [from the authorities]. But some people don’t.”
Actor and director Tyler Perry offered to pay for Brooks’s funeral, which will be held on Tuesday in Atlanta. He wrote an article for People magazine, discussing how he’d explain racism to his five-year-old son.
He said, “I know that as his father, a black man in America, it is my duty to prepare him for the harsh reality that awaits him outside of the watchful eyes of his loving parents. It will be a hard, heartbreaking conversation, but one that I must have and will have soon.”