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Ex Officer Who Killed Rayshard Brooks Sues Mayor and Police Department for Firing

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After being charged with the killing of Rayshard Brooks, former police officer Garrett Rolfe is suing to get his job back. Rolfe claims that his constitutional rights were violated when he was fired. 

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  • On Tuesday, Rolfe and his attorney filed a suit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and interim police Chief Rodney Bryant in Fulton County Superior Court. It states his dismissal violates the procedural due process and equal rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.
  • Rolfe and Officer Devin Brosnan were both arrested and charged after Rolfe fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot on June 12th. Police surveillance and body cams showed the officers following up on a complaint and conducting a sobriety test. When they tried to arrest Brooks, he resisted, grabbed a Taser and fired it at Rolfe, who shot him twice in the back. Rolfe is charged with 11 counts, including facing felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, violation of oath, and criminal damage to property for killing Brooks.
  • In the lawsuit, Rolfe says that his use of force at the time of the shooting “was proper and in compliance with Georgia law and police training provided to him by the City of Atlanta Police Department.” It continues to say 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.”
  • It alleges that Officer Brosnan engaged in similar conduct, yet he was not dismissed, put on leave, or assigned to non-enforcement duties.

“Many other City of Atlanta Police Officers who have been charged with crimes, including felonies, have remained employed during the investigation and pendency of their criminal charges,” the petition says.

  • Rolfe wants to be reinstated immediately, including back pay and restoration of any compensation or leave from employment. The spokesperson for the police department and the mayor’s office have not responded publicly to Rolfe’s lawsuit.
  • On the same day, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard filed a motion to revoke Rolfe’s $500,000 bond after he received an email from the defendant’s attorney that he went to Florida for vacation without first obtaining permission, confirmed using the records from the ankle monitor. The bond order states the defendant could only leave his home to attend medical, legal, or work obligations. 

Rolfe’s attorney has not commented on the district attorney’s motion to revoke his bond.

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Jasmine Abreu is a writer from Miami. She has a Broadcast Media and Film Degrees from Florida International University. When she's not writing, she's trying to become the next Bobby Fischer.

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Kansas City Chiefs DE Frank Clark Arrested for Carrying Illegal Weapon

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Kansas City Chiefs Defensive End Frank Clark was arrested on Sunday for illegal possession of a concealed weapon.

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  • Clark, 28, was in Los Angles, CA when LAPD pulled him over for a vehicle code violation. The officer saw an Uzi sticking out of a bag in Clark’s backseat. Clark was in the vehicle with three other passengers at the time of the arrest. He was released on a $35,000 bond, which according to Spolin Law P.C., is the bond amount for possession of a loaded firearm in California.
  • Under Penal Code 30510 PC, Uzi submachine guns are considered assault weapons and per Penal Code 30600 PC, assault weapons are illegal in the state of California. Recently US District Judge Roger Benitez, overturned California’s assault weapon ban, calling it unconstitutional. He compared an AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife and claimed more people have died from the COVID-19 vaccine than from mass shootings in the state. His call to overturn the ban on assault weapons can’t go into effect until the state’s appeal court makes a ruling.
  • This is Clark’s second arrest in California in the last three months. In March, he was pulled over because his vehicle did not showcase a front license plate. Police noticed a part of a weapon sticking out of a bag and then recovered two guns- a handgun and rifle- inside the bag. Both guns were loaded and he was released on a $35,000 bond the following day.
  • In 2014, Clark was arrested for domestic violence and assault while staying at a hotel in Ohio. He was able to get the charges reduced and pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Due to these actions, Clark was removed from the University of Michigan’s football team his senior year. He continued workouts at various training facilities and sought counseling.
  • Clark was the Seattle Seahawks’ 63rd pick in the 2015 NFL draft and played for the organization for four seasons. He had a record of 35 sacks and 136 tackles for the Seahawks. Clark was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in April 2019, for the first-round draft choice in 2019 and a second-rounder in 2020.
  • Since playing with the Chiefs, Clark has been chosen for the NFL Pro Bowl twice and was a part of the Chiefs Super Bowl-winning team in 2020. When traded to the Chiefs, Clark signed a five-year $104 million contract with the team and is guaranteed $63.5 million. He has had 14 sacks and 66 tackles since starting with the Chiefs.
  • The Chiefs just wrapped up a mandatory minicamp and are aware of Clark’s arrest. Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesperson, stated that the organization is reviewing Clark’s actions “under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.” 610 Sports host Carrington Harrison believes that the Chiefs will most likely keep Clark on the roaster, but if he is charged with felony gun possession then he likely won’t start in Game 1.

Alex Spiro, Clark’s lawyer, claims that the gun in question belongs to one of Clark’s bodyguards. Clark is set to be in court on October 18th.

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Suspect in Oregon Killings Turns Himself In After Forcing Woman to Drive Him 2K Miles

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A 30-year-old man wanted for murder turns himself in after forcing a woman to drive him cross county lines.

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  • Oen Evan Nicholson allegedly murdered his father, two others, and assaulted one over the weekend. He is accused of first-degree murder, attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and failing to help a person injured in a traffic accident.
  • The police were first alerted Friday when a hit-and-run occurred at an RV park in North Bend, Oregon. Anthony Oyster, 74, and his wife Linda Oyster, 73, of Florida, were hit by Nicholson in his father’s pickup truck. Anthony was killed at the scene and Linda was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Minutes later, the police were told that a woman, Jennifer L. Davidson, 47, was shot and killed at a marijuana shop nearby. Nicholson then went to a store, bought more ammunition, crashed and burned the pickup truck, and ran into the woods.
  • Nicholson approached Laura Johnson, 34, in Springfield, Oregon during her lunch break, and made her drive him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He surrendered himself to the police, but there is no word on how Nicholson turned himself in. Johnson was not hurt during the 33-hour car ride and was allowed to return to Oregon.

“He approached her in her vehicle with a gun…she was forced to drive 33 hours to where they’re at. She was able to talk him into turning himself in,” said Dennis Johnson, Laura’s father.

  • Paul Frasier, Coos County District Attorney, stated that the police went back to the RV park and found an RV registered to Nicholson’s father Charles Simms Nicholson. Police found Nicholson’s father’s body in the RV. North Bend Mayor Jessica Engelke called the murders a tragedy and said, “this is something you hope never happens in your community, in the town you call home.”

Nicholson has yet to state what his motive for the killings was or if he has a lawyer to speak on his behalf. He is set for court in Milwaukee this week and then will be transported back to Oregon.

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DOJ Drops Criminal Investigation and Lawsuit Against John Bolton for 2020 Tell-All Book

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The Department of Justice drops their criminal investigation and lawsuit against John Bolton for his 2020 tell-all book.

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  • Last year Bolton, former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, released a tell-all book titled, The Room Where It Happened. The DOJ under Trump’s administration sued Bolton for allegedly publishing classified information and failing to complete the pre-publication review.
  • The book gave a behind-the-scenes look into Trump’s handling of foreign affairs, like asking China’s President Xi Jinping to help with his re-election campaign. The DOJ wanted Bolton to halt the book’s production and give all funds received from copies already sold to them.
  • Despite the lawsuit and criminal investigation, Bolton went through with releasing the book ahead of the 2020 election after Ellen Knight, a White House National Security Council official, released a statement that his book no longer included confidential information. According to AP, Knight stated that the Trump administration “exerted political pressure to block the book” and used “an unusual process of delay tactics and legal maneuverings.” After failing to stop the book’s publication, the DOJ opened a criminal investigation and subpoenaed Bolton’s publisher and literary agent for their communication records.
  • President Joe Biden’s DOJ dropped the year-long investigation and lawsuit after determining that it was a way for the Trump administration to use government power to suppress former pro-Trump officials who were now anti-Trump.
  • Charles J. Cooper, Bolton’s lawyer, stated, “we are very pleased that the Department of Justice has dismissed with prejudice its civil lawsuit against Ambassador Bolton and has terminated grand jury proceedings. We argued from the outset that neither action was justifiable, because they were initiated only as a result of President Trump’s politically motivated order to prevent publication of the Ambassador’s book before the 2020 election.”
  • Bolton had recently received approval from a federal judge that he could begin deposing those who worked under Trump. They would have had to testify about how Trump forced them to go after Bolton and how his book was handled.
  • Along with dropping the lawsuit, the DOJ informed Bolton that they intend to receive no money from the books he sold, nor will they attempt to sue him again over his book. Bolton has claimed that if he releases another book, he will turn over his information to be checked for national security violations.

Advisors of the Biden administration feel like the dropping of this lawsuit was for the best, and the administration should instead set its sights towards the pre-publication review process.

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