A white police officer who was promptly fired for killing an unarmed Black man by shooting him in the back as he ran away has won the right to return to work nearly a year later.

Garrett Rolfe, who killed Rayshard Brooks in June, was officially reinstated on Wednesday as an officer with the Atlanta Police Department after an independent panel determined that he was denied certain rights during the appeal process to get his job back, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process,” the city’s Civil Service Board said in a statement. “Therefore, the Board grants the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD.”

This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.


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