On objections from prosecutors and an emotional widow, a Fulton County judge Tuesday posted $ 500,000 bail to fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, charged with the June 12 murder of Rayshard Brooks.
Fulton Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick made her decision after finding that Rolfe was not a flight risk and did not pose a significant threat to commit a crime or intimidate witnesses after being released from custody. Although a prosecutor and defense attorneys discussed the strengths or weaknesses of the case, Barwick said that was not a factor in her decision.
Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, was overwhelmed with pain as she addressed Barwick.
“I say no, I say no,” said Miller, referring to a possible link. “Because mentally I am not able to handle it.”
Miller broke when he said he couldn’t celebrate his wedding anniversary with Brooks on June 14.
“He was a loving, caring, wonderful father and the best husband I could ask for,” said Miller. “He had the brightest smile and the biggest heart.”
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At one point, Miller had to pause to regain his composure. She then expressed anger at Rolfe for allegedly kicking Brooks, 27, as he lay on the ground after being shot and then waited two minutes before rendering first aid.
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