Rayshad Brooks: Police Officer Could Face The Death Penalty

A police officer who fatally shot a fleeing black man in the back last week in Atlanta, Georgia, will be charged with murder and assault and could face the death penalty, if convicted.

Garrett Rolfe, who has already been fired, faces 11 charges related to Rayshard Brooks’ death.

The other officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, will testify as a prosecution witness in the case, officials said.

The case comes amid US protests over police killings of black Americans.

Lawmakers in Washington are currently debating new police reform laws.

Officials said this was the ninth time that an Atlanta police officer had been prosecuted for homicide.