The officer who shot dead Rayshard Brooks has been charged on 11 counts including felony murder, a charge that carries a possible sentence of life without parole or the death penalty. The charges were announced at a press conference held by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. Former cop Garret Rolfe, 27, has also been charged on several counts of aggravated assault, seven violations of oath each carrying sentences of 1-5 years and an eight count for kicking Brooks as he lay dying – an allegation made after reviewing surveillance footage and citizens’ cell phone videos. In a bombshell moment Howard revealed that Devin Brosnan, 26, has turned state witness and has agreed to testify against Rolfe. Brosnan has been charged on three counts, one of aggravated assault a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison and two violations of oath, including a failure to administer timely medical assistance. Rolfe has also been charged on this count. Howard revealed that Brosnan had admitted to standing on Brooks’ shoulders while he lay dying – an unauthorized control technique. Howard has asked for a $50,000 bond for Brosnan and no bond for Rolfe. Both men must turn themselves in by 6pm today.
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