Few who saw the video of George Floyd’s death believed that former officer Derek Chauvin didn’t deserve to face some kind of criminal charges. Many also figured at least some of the officers present should receive some kind of punishment. While there is plenty of room to debate just what kind of charges are appropriate, most figure that something was warranted.
Yet when we compare that to the death of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, we see something different.
Watching the video and hearing the reports of what transpired, it’s hard not to see former officer Garrett Rolfe as carrying out a justified shoot. Brooks wasn’t just resisting arrest, but had stolen an officer’s taser and had even fired it. The Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard apparently figured that tasers aren’t deadly weapons, thus the act wasn’t justified. The same D.A. who called tasers deadly weapons just days before when he charged police officers for their use.