Atlanta, June 18 (IANS) A former police officer who fatally shot an African-American man last week in the US city of Atlanta, has been charged with felony murder.
On Wednesday, Georgia state's Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced 11 charges, including felony murder, against former officer Garrett Rolfe, reports Xinhua news agency.
Rolfe, if found guilty of felony murder, could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty, Howard told the media after the announcement.
Rolfe was fired after footage showed him shooting at Rayshard Brooks multiple times from the back as the 27-year-old African American man fled during an encounter outside a fast-food restaurant in Atlanta on June 12.
“What he has said to us that is within a matter of days he plans to make a statement regarding the culpability of officer Rolfe.”
Howard also said that Rolfe kicked Brooks “while he laid on ground, while he was there fighting for his life” after he was shot.