Devin Brosnan, one of many Atlanta cops charged in reference to the loss of life of Rayshard Brooks, referred to as the incident a “tragic occasion” — however added that he was wanting ahead to clearing his title.
“I think about the felony justice system,” Brosnan advised MSNBC on Thursday. “I am wanting ahead to cooperating with any investigators who’re fascinated by having a dialog about what occurred that night time.”
Brosnan and Garrett Rolfe, the opposite arresting officer concerned in Brooks’ loss of life, turned themselves in earlier Thursday.
The day earlier than, prosecutors filed 11 counts towards Rolfe, the police officer who shot 27-year-old Brooks within the again twice throughout an incident at a Wendy’s parking zone on June 12. He faces felony homicide, which carries the potential of execution or life in jail with out parole. Rolfe was fired from the division following Brooks’ loss of life.
Brosnan was charged with 4 counts, together with aggravated assault. If convicted, he may spend 20 years behind bars. He was positioned on administrative desk obligation.
In the course of the nationally televised interview, Brosnan and his lawyer Don Samuel, pushed again on claims made by Fulton County District Legal professional Paul Howard that Bronsan could be a state’s witness within the case.
“We’re being absolutely cooperative,” Samuel stated. “We’ll reply all of the questions that they’ve or the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) has. However he isn’t a ‘state’s witness,’ he isn’t a protection witness. He is a witness… He is not cooperating towards anyone. He’ll present correct details about what occurred.”
Brosnan additionally stated that he felt Brooks had been “pleasant” and “respectful.”
“For my preliminary encounter with him, I felt he was pleasant. He was respectful. I used to be respectful to him and I felt that this appeared like somebody who probably wanted my assist,” he stated. “I used to be actually simply there to see what I may do for him and ensure he was secure.”
Brooks’ loss of life got here as protesters throughout the nation have referred to as for police reforms within the wake of a number of unarmed shootings towards black women and men.
Following the announcement of fees towards Rolfe and Brosnan. Jason Segura, the president of the Worldwide Brotherhood of Police Officers Loca 623, claimed Atlanta cops had been calling out sick, quitting or asking to be transferred to different jurisdictions.