This past Wednesday, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Democratic Mayor of Atlanta, allegedly released a statement that suggested that she was in the right in her decision to disregard and bypass Officer Garrett Rolfe’s right to due process in order to avoid more rioting.
This past Tuesday, the City of Atlanta’s Civil Service Board made the decision to reinstate Rolfe who was immediately fired after the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, with the reasoning that it was a violation of Rolfe’s right to due process.
In reaction to the decision, Mayor Lance Bottoms talked about the “volatile” state of the city of Atlanta at the specific point in time that Rolfe was fired. Black Lives Matter protestors along with other left-wing activists destroyed other liberal cities all over the nation while rioting and demonstrating over the deaths of George Floyd and Brooks.
“Given the volatile state of our city and nation last summer, the decision to terminate this officer, after he fatally shot Mr. Brooks in the back, was the right thing to do,” Mayor Lance Bottoms stated in a release this past Wednesday.
“Had immediate action not been taken, I firmly believe that the public safety crisis we experienced during that time would have been significantly worse,” she went on to say.
The statements made by the mayor seem to say that the wrongful firing of Rolfe, who had his right to due process violated, was still the “right” decision so as to appease rioters, or at least not cause more upset.
This past August, Rolfe started proceedings and filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bottoms and the interim police Chief Rodney Bryant with the claim that his right to due process had been disregarded and violated.
In the lawsuit, Rolfe stated that he was fired “without an investigation, without proper notice, without a pre-disciplinary hearing, and in direct violation of the municipal code of the city of Atlanta,” reported NBC News at that point.
In a statement made this past Wednesday, Lance LoRusso, who is the attorney for Rolfe in the lawsuit, stated: “We are very excited that the Civil Board says that due process matters.”
LoRusso went on to add that his client’s “reinstatement will likely take some time, but he intended to get his client back to work,” reported CNN.
Rolfe was slated with felony charges for the death of Brooks just a week after the fatal shooting took place in the Wendy’s parking lot. The now reinstated officer is currently looking at 11 separate charges that include felony murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
As reported by the Daily Wire on the original incident:
“Rolfe killed Brooks late on Friday night after responding to a call from a Wendy’s employee that a man had fallen asleep behind the wheel in his car in the drive-through and was obstructing traffic. The officers ran Brooks through a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer that pegged Brooks’ blood alcohol concentration at .108%, according to body cam footage released by the Atlanta police department. The legal limit to drive is .08%.
After cooperating for nearly half an hour, Brooks fought with the officers as they tried to place him in handcuffs. All three struggled and fell to the ground where Brooks managed to take Brosnan’s taser and escape the officers. Rolfe shot after Brooks fired the stolen taser at him.”