Below is the letter we will send to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney Paul Howard:
#JusticeforRayshard: File Charges Against the Officers who murdered Rayshard Brooks
UPDATE: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is now the lead prosecutor on the Rayshard Brooks case.
Recently, Georgia State Attorney General Chris Carr denied DA Willis's attempt to recuse herself from Rayshard's case based on the conduct of her predecessor Paul Howard. Howard's use of subpoenas in Rayshard's case is currently under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. DA Willis believed her office would face a conflict of interest, given the relationship with her predecessor, but Carr continued to appoint Willis to the case.
It's up to us to ensure DA Willis does not make the same mistakes as her predecessor -- officers Rolfe and Brosnan must be charged with murder for taking Rayshard's life. Sign the petition.
Read more about Rayshard's case below:
Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, was murdered by Atlanta police this past Friday.
Rayshard was unarmed and asleep in his own car in a Wendy’s drive-thru when police arrived to interrogate him. After insisting Rayshard take a breathalyzer exam, police attempted to arrest him and say that because he struggled during the arrest and attempted to take possession of the taser he was shot -- Rayshard later died after surgery.
But here’s the truth: Rayshard should still be alive today. Rayshard is yet another young Black man whose life has been stolen at the hands of police violence.
Shortly after news of Rayshard’s murder broke, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down and the two officers responsible for this man’s death have been fired and place on administrative leave subsequently. But this is not nearly enough.
That’s why we are calling on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney Fani Willis to file charges against the two officers who murdered Rayshard Brooks. Officer Garrett Role and Devin Brosnan must be held accountable to the communities from which Rayshard’s life was taken-- a simple slap on the wrist is not going to cut it. These officers should not be free to roam the streets while Rayshard's family and community are left to mourn without justice.
Sign the petition. Demand Officers Rolfe and Brosnan be charged for taking Rayshard's life.
Here is the Petition:
Dear District Attorney Paul Howard and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation:
Rayshard was a 27-year-old Black man whose life was stolen by Atlanta police this past Friday. Rayshard was unarmed and asleep in his own car when police arrived to interrogate and later murder him. This is unacceptable. How many more Black lives must we lose before real action is taken to combat police violence and brutality on Black communities?
We are looking at you to act NOW by filing charges against the two officers responsible for Rayshard's murder. You have the power to stand up and do the right thing by holding Officer Garrett Role and Devin Brosnan accountable for this atrocity.