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Devin Brosnan biography: 13 things about Atlanta, Georgia cop from Southborough, Massachusetts

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Devin Brosnan was one of the two white Atlanta Police Department officers involved in the fatal arrest of African-American man Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The other one was Garrett Rolfe.

On June 12, 2020, the APD received a call from a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in Peoplestown, Atlanta. According to the caller, 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.

Devin Brosnan (©Atlanta Police Department)
Devin Brosnan (©Atlanta Police Department)

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 10 more things about Rolfe:

  1. He lives in Atlanta.
  2. He is originally from Southborough, Massachusetts, USA.
  3. He previously lived in Quasons Path, Brewster, Massachusetts.
  4. He attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, USA.
  5. On June 3, 2012, he graduated from Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Massachusetts.
  6. On October 1, 2017, he arrested Leslie L. Parsons, then 66, 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.
  7. 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.
  8. On March 30, 2018, he resigned from his job at Cape Cod Community College.
  9. The APD hired him in September 2018.
  10. He arrived first during Brooks’ fatal arrest at the parking lot of the Wendy’s fast-food restaurant on University Avenue on June 12, 2020 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.
  11. On June 14, 2020, the APD placed him on administrative duty over the fatal arrest of Brooks while Rolfe was fired.
  12. On June 18, 2020, he turned himself in. He later remained in the APD in a reassigned administrative duty, 
  13. He was 28 years old when prosecutor Pete Skandalakis announced on August 23, 2022 that neither he nor Rolfe will face charges over the fatal arrest of Brooks.
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