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BBC: US policeman faces murder charge over Brooks death

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  • 17 June 2020
Garrett Rolfe conducts a field sobriety test on Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's restaurant car park Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Mr Rolfe conducted a sobriety test on Mr Brooks in the car park

A police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, a black man killed last week in Atlanta, will be charged with murder and assault, officials say.

The other officer involved plans to testify as a witness in the case, the Fulton County District Attorney said in a news conference on Wednesday.

The decision comes in the wake of nationwide protests over the deaths of black Americans in police custody.

Lawmakers in Washington are currently debating new police reform laws.

Garrett Rolfe, who has already been fired from the Atlanta police force, will face 11 charges related to Mr Brooks' death.

Officer Devin Brosnan, who was also present for the arrest, will be charged with assault for standing on Mr Brooks' shoulders as he lay dying.

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