On Tuesday, one of the Atlanta officers who were fired and charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, was reinstated by the Atlanta Civil Service Board.
According to a statement released by the board, the City failed to comply with certain provisions during witnesses’ testimony.
“Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process. Therefore, the Board GRANTS the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD.
Last month, Rolfe, who still faces a murder charge in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, decided to ask for his firing to be reversed in a hearing before the board, according to 11 Alive.
Rolfe’s attorney, Lance LoRusso, argued that his client wasn’t given enough time to respond to his “notice of proposed adverse action,” which is a 10-day period before he was fired, according to 11 Alive.
“In this case, the effective date of the discipline was June 14, 2020, and the (notice of proposed adverse action) and the (notice of final adverse action) were issued to the Appellant’s Union Representative at virtually the same time on June 13, 2020. As such, the City’s actions were not compliant with the ten days prior notice period as required by the Code,” the board stated.
In February, this same board also reinstated authorities who were fired because they tased college students last summer.
Though Rolfe has been reinstated, it’s unclear if he will be allowed back on patrol duty or work in another capacity.
As previously reported, Garrett Rolfe was charged with the death of Rayshard Brooks after responding to a call at a Wendy’s drive-thru. It was reported that Brooks was asleep in his car when officers arrived.
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