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Charges Filed Against Officer Rolfe Following Death of Rayshard Brooks. Police Protests Ensue.

Recently, Rayshard Brooks was killed by Officer Rolfe. Since that time, charges have been filed against the him. As a result, two different distracts in Atlanta have had their officers walk. Several other police stations will most likely have to cover these districts which will be nearly impossible for them to do.

When you watch the video in its entirety, you’ll see that Officer Rolfe had arrived at the scene following a report that Rayshard was asleep at the wheel of his car in a Wendy’s parking lot. When he arrived, the car was parked. Rayshard was asked several questions, given a sobriety test, and was found to be under the influence. Several times he asked the Officer to drive him to his sisters house. Without reading him his Miranda Rights, Officer Rolfe started to handcuff Rayshard and said that he was being “taken in,” due to the fact he was intoxicated. Rayshard and Rolfe got into a scuffle and Rayshard took Rolfe’s taser, ran off, and then pointed it at him. Rolfe shot him.

According to the police, Officer Rolfe was following protocol because a weapon was involved and was aimed at him. Now, as to why he didn’t give Rayshard a ride to his sister’s house remains unanswered. A lot of questions are left unanswered. Which has led us to where we are now.

The Districts in Atlanta that no longer have Police Stations are going through what the police call “the Blue Flu.” This means that there’s a massive strike the police are showing in protest due to the fact that charges have been filed against Officer Rolfe.

Police have always operated under what’s known as “Blue Brotherhood.” There are other terms used such as “Blue Wall of Silence”, “Blue Code’, and “Blue Shield.” This all boils down to there a rule that police officers are to never report each other. This includes misconducts and any type of crime, including police brutality. So, when charges were officially filed against Officer Rolfe, the two districts in Atlanta where the police stations have been shut down in protest are following the Blue Brotherhood.

The city of Atlanta is under fire more than ever. The police versus the public is at an all time high, and there won’t be any winners by the end. Either Officer Rolfe is found innocent and then faces a very public backlash, or he’s found guilty which could lead to more Blue Flu’s in Atlanta.

What would have happened if Officer Rolfe had driven Rayshard to his sister’s house? What would have happened if Rayshard hadn’t taken Rolfe’s taser and pointed it at him? These are just two of many questions that will sadly, remain unanswered.

You can watch the video of the arrest linked below. Please know that the video is graphic. Credit to the YouTube Channel: 11Alive

Video

Editorial commentary

Law enforcement has one fundamental job: uphold the law. While many questions have been raised regarding the officer not simply taking the man out, it does in fact, have a rather simplistic answer. Rashard was found in a parking lot, intoxicated, and passed out. Because he was behind the wheel, any officer would know that this man had clearly driven there drunk, placing himself, and the general public, in potential danger.

Once Rashard removed the officer’s weapon, he created an entirely new situation. While a taser is classified as “less than lethal,” for the officer it could mean death. If he had been shot with the weapon, it would had completely immobilized this cop. It would had given Rashard enough time to grab his service weapon, potentially murdering the cop. The debate regarding rather or not the officer was justified, comes down to this: yes. The officer followed protocol, protecting his life.

Know Her Name: Breonna Taylor

On March 13th in Louisville Kentucky. Louisvlle Police (Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Brett Hankison), stormed into the apartment of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, open fired on both of them, killing Breonna.

This was known as a “no-knock warrant”, which means that the police entered the home without knocking. It’s believed police went to her apartment because they suspected there were drugs in the home. The police believed there were drugs because two men near her location were selling and using her address to receive packages. Yet, after the shooting and searching the apartment, no drugs were found.

While the officers have claimed to have announced themselves upon entering her residence, Breonna’s neighbors have said that this isn’t true. As Jonathan and Brett, began banging on the door, Breonna called out, “Who is it?” When the officers failed to reply, her boyfriend armed himself in self defense. (He had a licence to carry.) When the police forced entry, her boyfriend shot one of the officers in the leg, in self defense. But both Brett and Jonathan fired 20 rounds shooting Breonna eight times.

According to Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer, Breonna had dreams of becoming a nurse after serving as an E.M.T. and an emergency room technician. She went on to say, “She didn’t deserve this. She wasn’t that type of person.”

What you can do?

Visit standwithbre.com where it will direct you to a petition to sign. You can also make calls to demand justice for this woman who was beautiful on the inside and out. It is important to note that her killers haven’t been charged as of yet. So please, keep spreading the word, keeping saying her name, Breonna Taylor.

Nathaniel Woods set to be executed

In 2004 the lives of three families were forever changed. Three Alabama officers were gunned down, killed, by who the state would later identify as Nathaniel Woods. For many, however, there are questions regarding his innocence.

Activists on Facebook took to the page of Governor, Kay Ivey, with the hastag, #FreeNate. While this has been going on for sometime, it has recently gained momentum. Much of the momentum stems from his execution date, which is March 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm. As per protocol, defense attorneys have contacted the Govenor in attempt to stop this from taking place. However, the office of Kay Ivey has outright ignored these requests.

In the case regarding the shooting, another individual had taken accountability as being the gunman. Regardless of this, it is evident that the state will proceed with the execution. The issue we see in this derives from the other individual who took accountability. Because of this, it opens the door to plausible doubt. With plausible doubt, the state should, if Woods were to have a legitimate fair and impartial, review the new evidence.

While activists continue to fight for the life of Woods, the clock continues to tick, potentially sealing the doors to justice. While it is very possible that he is the shooter, the concept that he isn’t, should at least be entertained. In any competent justice system, reviewing potential evidence, especially regarding a man who will die in mere hours, would be mamdated. However, Governor Ivey seems more determined to execute, regardless of the secondary confession.

Developing story: Woodson Terrace shooting

War on Corruption just recieved an exclusive in regards of a shooting that occured today. Though it is unconfirmed, at this time, that anybody has been injured, we do know some details regarding this situation.

At approx. 11:49 this morning, a birage of gunfire was heard by multiple residents. During this event, multiple houses and cars were damaged. At this time, the police are actively investigating. However, War on Corruption has obtained surveillance photage of the investigation.

According to residents, an unknowm individual, driving a Beige colored car is responsible for the shooting. Witnesses state, according to our source, the vehicle was observed driving West. We will do an update once one is availabe. The video can be seen below.

30 second clip of the investigation.

Updates:

We have reached out to the investigating department. Though they are keeping quiet, they did issue a short statement.