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Atlanta Police Officers Call in Sick Over Murder Charges in Rayshard Brooks Death

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Police officers called in sick Wednesday evening to protest the announcement of charges against former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe over the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was fatally shot in the back by Rolfe last week in a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta.

Events leading up to Brooks’ death were caught on video and shows Brooks resisting arrest, assaulting police, stealing, and then firing the police officer’s taser weapon at Rolfe.

Rolfe was charged with felony murder and other charges and could face the death penalty.

Atlanta police officers called in sick before a shift change Wednesday night.

The Hill reports:

It’s unclear how many officers called in sick or didn’t show up to their shift Wednesday evening. The Atlanta Police Department said that it was experiencing a “higher than usual number” of call-ins but quelled rumors that multiple officers walked out during their shift.

The Atlanta Police Department issued a statement on social media.

In response, Atlanta Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN host Chris Cuomo “We do have enough officers to cover us through the night.”

While protests continue over the death of George Floyd, questions remain over how quickly the charges were made against Rolfe and police officer Devin Brosnan, who was charged with aggravated assault.

The Washington Post reports:

The rapid pace comes as ongoing Black Lives Matter protests demand police reforms in the wake of George Floyd’s death, after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Although the quick action in Atlanta has been praised by civil rights advocates and hailed as a victory for activists, some in the police department have decried the quick process.

Former New York City police officer and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino commented on the charges against Rolfe on social media.

There will likely be more Atlanta police officers to call out in protest over the charges and it remains to be seen if officers Rolfe and Brosnan will receive a fair trial given the new environment of hostility against police.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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