Helluva time to be a cop, isn’t it?
It was never an easy job to begin with. They already deal with PTSD from the things they see on the job. They face the parts of society most of the rest of us would rather try to forget about.
The grisled body at a traffic accident or murder scene, the drug-addled domestic violence case. The girl who should be in 8th grade selling herself on the street.
They do it all for bad pay, worse hours, going out in the worst of weather conditions. They are often hated by the people they are trying to help, and even victims of crime are frequently unwilling to help them put the bad guy away.
Complicate that with a soft-on-crime revolving door judicial system where the guys they arrest are back on the street within hours, or sketchy lawyers have the bad guys walking while three-star generals get the book thrown at them, and its a wonder that anyone wants that job.
That was BEFORE activists, politicians, professors, and journalists decided to make cops society’s scapegoat. Before a wildly skewed and exaggerated picture of the ‘sins’ of the cops and the ‘virtue’ of the people they tangle with became a national narrative, parroted by a generation.
Now, in Atlanta, a cop who shot a suspect who had assaulted him, stolen a weapon, discharged it at an officer and fled while being calmly asked to put his hands behind his back for an arrest faces felony — FELONY — murder charges, which could include a death penalty.
It wasn’t bad enough that he was fired before there was any time for a review. The cop who was assaulted during a routine arrest could be facing the death penalty because of how events played out.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Wednesday that former Atlanta police officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan are being charged in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks.
Rolfe faces 11 charges, including felony murder, for allegedly shooting Brooks in the back. The murder charge carries the possibility of life without parole or the death penalty, Howard said. Brosnan faces several charges, including aggravated assault. Rolfe was fired after the incident, while Brosnan was placed on administrative leave, according to the Associated Press. Howard said Brosnan is cooperating with prosecutors.
Howard announced that his office reviewed eight separate video recordings of the incident and also spoke with several witnesses before coming to its decision.
“Mr. Brooks did not display any aggressive behavior during the 17 minutes and 42 seconds,” Howard said during the presser. “Mr. Brooks was running away at the time the shot was fired.” — Yahoo
Did you catch that part, where the AG said ‘Mr. Brooks did not display any aggressive behavior’? Have you SEEN the video? Brooks was fending off two cops during an arrest. Wrestled to the ground. Was warned 3 times before being tased. TOOK the weapon out of the cop’s hand. Apparently DISCHARGED that weapon at the cop while fleeing… and yet Brooks somehow took NO aggressive behavior?
Felony murder, so you know, involves killing someone during the act of committing a crime. Police have the lawful authority to subdue someone who is resisting arrest, and the video speaks for itself. So what ‘other crime’ were the cops in the process of committing when Brooks was shot?
Felony murder is a legal statute that expands the definition of murder. It occurs when someone commits a serious or inherently dangerous felony, and someone else dies during the course of committing or attempting to commit the felony. Felonies that are inherently dangerous include burglary, arson, rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault and cruelty to children. The Court has also extended the definition to include crimes such as possession of a weapon on school property and robbery. — Georgia Criminal Lawyer
Which of these serious crimes does the AG really allege the police were involved in? Kidnapping? Burglary? Arson?
(a) A person commits the offense of murder when he unlawfully and with malice aforethought, either express or implied, causes the death of another human being.
(b) Express malice is that deliberate intention unlawfully to take the life of another human being which is manifested by external circumstances capable of proof. Malice shall be implied where no considerable provocation appears and where all the circumstances of the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart.
(c) A person also commits the offense of murder when, in the commission of a felony, he causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice.
(d) A person convicted of the offense of murder shall be punished by death, by imprisonment for life without parole, or by imprisonment for life.
Have you heard ANYONE reporting on the cop’s explanation for what happened in that fateful moment?
A law firm representing Rolfe said he reacted after he thought he “heard a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him.”
“Fearing for his safety, and the safety of the civilians around him, Officer Rolfe dropped his taser and fired his service weapon at the only portion of Mr. Brooks that presented to him — Mr. Brooks’ back,” a statement released by the LoRusso Law Firm says.
Attorneys for Rolfe said their client immediately called for emergency medical services and began rendering aid to Brooks.
Devin Brosnan, the other officer at the shooting, faces an aggravated assault charge for standing on Brooks in the parking lot. [emphasis added] — ABC
Atlanta police, not surprisingly, have revolted at the news. Just showing up for work is dangerous enough. But when the legal system itself is looking to satisfy the mob, cops have a target on their back.
Police are not risk-adverse people. But taking abuse from all directions only to know that officials are waiting for a chance to destroy you not just personally and professionally, but to criminalize you as well at a time where it is politically advantageous to publicly flog law enforcement?
You cannot do that for long without consequences. These are the same people who cleared away the rioters in Atlanta from the front doors of CNN… CNN, who is among the first to paint police as corrupt, violent, and murderous.
Officially, Atlanta police have enough personnel to respond to calls. But they did acknowledge a higher than usual absentee level. That doesn’t exactly square with this:
Atlanta: Police Department says walkouts are untrue. Mayor @KeishaBottoms talking about the walkout on CNN right now.
Reports suggest APD reached out to Gwinnett Cobb, and Clayton for help tonight and they all said no. @CBS46 https://t.co/J44Ym54TLq
— shon gables cbs46 (@shongables) June 18, 2020
Others have noticed there are LONG periods of radio silence on the scanner. We’re no experts on the topic, but that seems like it might be unusual for a city of Atlanta’s size.
Here is the police scanner for Atlanta Police Dispatch – Zone 6 East.
Listen and let me know what you hear…..https://t.co/k7vXuTYs7h
— Blue Flu Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 18, 2020
Shapiro makes an excellent point:
Anarchists have wanted to destabilize our urban centers to create unrest. Our politicians have been only too happy to comply, by routinely demonizing the one group who stands between order and chaos.
‘Important’ people with their powerful jobs and safe neighborhoods have been only too happy to pile on the ‘evil’ police. What happens to that sense of security when the only deterrent keeping the ‘eat the rich’ mobs that tore through downtown New York at bay decide that putting their necks on the line in the big city is no longer worth the risk?
Who will they turn to if a mob tears down the gates to their gated community with designs to loot whatever they can carry, and destroy whatever they cannot? The police aren’t the ONLY group that’s been demonized over the years.
What happens if the Atlanta mob comes back to CNN, who so gladly demonizes the police as knuckle-dragging racists? They managed NOT to face the fate of Minneapolis, New York and Seattle THEN, but what about now? Who would they call?
The Leftists who played their little games encouraging anarchist elements within their movement are beginning to see JUST what kind of hell they could unleash in the process.
If you wonder what that might look like you could watch the trailer for The Purge — or the news.