Petition to Drop All Charges Against Former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe

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This petition’s purpose is to have ALL charges dropped against former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe. Officer Rolfe was only doing his job, how he was trained to do. And now the same people who trained him, are not defending this officer’s actions as they SHOULD due to the Ferguson effect.

Just days before, other officers with the same department were fired for using a taser to remove college students from a vehicle. The Atlanta District Attorney’s Office deemed the officers’ use of the taser was DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE.

This brings us to Officer Rolfe. A DUI suspect resisted arrest, assaulted officers, robbed the officer of his taser, and attempted to evade arrest. During the pursuit, the suspect turned and fired the taser at the officer’s head, resulting in Officer Rolfe firing his service weapon at the suspect, who died.

Officer Rolfe was fired for using DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE against a taser... A taser that was already deemed to be DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE.

Why is a taser considered DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE when used by officers, but not when used against an officer by a suspect? The department policy clearly states that lethal force is allowed when a taser is being used against you.

Tennessee vs. Garner states that when a law enforcement officer is pursuing a fleeing suspect, the officer is permitted to use deadly force if the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officers or others.

Officers are trained to use one step higher in their use of force as what’s being used against them. Officer Rolfe matched the use of force. Not to mention he followed the use of force continuum.

Officer Rolfe SHOULD NOT be held accountable for the actions of the suspect.