On June 12, 2020, the APD received a call from a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant at 125 University Avenue in Peoplestown, Atlanta. According to the report, a man was sleeping in his car in the drive-through.
The man in the vehicle was Brooks. His car was blocking the drive-through so other customers had to drive around it to pick up their orders.
Arriving at the restaurant first, Brosnan woke Brooks up by knocking on the window of his car. The cop asked the African-American man to move his car away from the Wendy’s drive-through because it was blocking traffic.
Brosnan asked for Brooks’ license and told him to stay in his car. When asked how much he drank that night, the intoxicated man said “not much.”
Brooks told Brosnan he was visiting his mother’s gravesite. When Rolfe arrived, the three engaged in a cordial conversation.
When Rolfe tried to arrest Brooks, the latter resisted. It escalated to a wrestling match and ended in the fatal shooting of the arrestee, who was pronounced dead in Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
It was one of the deaths that reignited the Black Lives Matter movement during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the U.S. Here are 13 facts about Rolfe:
- Joe G. Brosnan II, Michael P. Brosnan, Isabella Brosnan and Maryann Ann Moccaldi are among his family members and relatives.
- On June 3, 2012, he graduated from Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Massachusetts, USA.
- He attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, USA.
- On October 1, 2017, he arrested Leslie L. Parsons, born in 1951, of Provincetown, Massachusetts for operating under the influence of liquor, operating negligently to endanger, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
- On October 25, 2017, the chief of police and public safety of Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, Massachusetts hired him and Richard Mingrace as campus police officers. He resigned on March 30, 2018.
- He was originally from Southborough, Massachusetts.
- He used to live in Quasons Path, Brewster, Massachusetts.
- He is currently based in Monroe Drive, Northeast Atlanta.
- The APD hired him in September 2018.
- He arrived first during Brooks’ fatal arrest at the parking lot of the Wendy’s fast-food restaurant on University Avenue and Rolfe followed to assist.
- He told Rolfe it took him a few moments to wake Brooks up and mentioned about the arrestee’s watery eyes and slurred speech. Brooks managed to steal his Taser and used it against him.
- He and Rolfe remained on the scene as paramedics rushed to save Brooks.
- On June 14, 2020, the APD placed him on administrative duty over the fatal arrest of Brooks while Rolfe was fired.