As protests against police brutality have helped expedite charges against officers involved in recent shootings, in at least one case, the backlash appears to extend beyond the cop to his immediate family.
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson reported that Melissa Rolfe, the stepmother of an Atlanta police officer charged in the deadly shooting of Rayshard Brooks, has been terminated from her position, according to the Daily Wire.
“Her only crime”
Ex-cop Garrett Rolfe is facing 11 criminal counts, including felony murder, in connection with the shooting that left Brooks dead after allegedly attacking the officer and stealing his stun gun. Carlson described what happened next to Rolfe’s family as the addition of insult to injury.
“Until today, his stepmother, her name is Melissa Rolfe, was the HR director at a place called Equity Prime Mortgage in Atlanta, Georgia,” he said, as the Daily Wire reported. “But today, she was let go. She’s no longer in that role — apparently she was fired and her only crime was being Officer Rolfe’s stepmother.”
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) June 19, 2020
The company, however, released a statement asserting that the former employee had created an “uncomfortable working environment for many of our employees,” leading to her termination.
“We value diversity of thought and respect Melissa’s personal views and the views of all employees; however, when those views create a hostile working environment, we must make difficult decisions to part ways,” Equity Prime Mortgage stated.
— Equity Prime Mortgage LLC (@Equity_Prime) June 19, 2020
“A very tough few weeks”
The Atlanta Police Department has reportedly seen a spike in call-outs by officers in the wake of the charges against Rolfe.
Acknowledging in an interview on Wednesday that morale is “down tenfold” within the agency, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, described the challenges her city continues to face.
“This has been a very tough few weeks in Atlanta and with the tragedy of Mr. Brooks, and then on top of that the excessive force charges that were brought against the officers involved with the college students,” she said, according to National Review. “There’s a lot happening in our city, and the police officers are receiving the brunt of it quite frankly.”
It seems what started out as a unifying call to weed out those who have no place within the nation’s police forces has now become a pursuit some critics feel has already gone too far.