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Ex-Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks granted bond

BY The Canadian Press, Jun 30, 2020 2:32 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Jun 30, 2020 9:33 PM

FILE - CORRECTS THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - People hold a rally at Wendy's on University Avenue in Atlanta on Sunday, June 14, 2020. (Steve Schaefer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

A judge says the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks can be free on bond while his case is pending.

A judge on Tuesday set a bond of $500,000 for Garrett Rolfe, who faces charges including felony murder in the killing of the 27 year old Black man.

Rolfe fatally shot Brooks in the back when Brooks fired a Taser in his direction while running away after a struggle on June 12.

Rolfe is white.

Felony murder convictions are punishable by a minimum sentence of life in prison.

The shooting happened against the backdrop of demonstrations nationwide over police brutality.

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