The stepmother of former Atlanta cop Garrett Rolfe says she was fired in a “political move” after the officer was charged with Rayshard Brooks’ murder — claiming they are both victims of a “horrible war on police officers.”
Melissa Rolfe told Fox News on Tuesday that her boss at Equity Prime Mortgage was initially supportive after the June 12 shooting — even offering her 8 weeks’ paid leave.
“I offered to work from home and he said ‘No, no don’t worry about it. Your job is safe,’” Rolfe said. “‘Don’t worry about anything … Just take care of your family.’”
But she was “just stunned” when she was fired as the firm’s HR director in a 56-second call on June 18 — just after she had dropped off her 27-year-old stepson to hand himself in on felony murder charges.
She was accused of creating an “uncomfortable working environment” — but insisted, “I hadn’t been back.”
Instead, she believes she was axed for publicly supporting her stepson and other cops in Facebook posts.
“They have completely defamed me,” she told Fox News, insisting it was a “political move” connected to the wave of anti-police protests.
Equity Prime Mortgage told Fox it had “no further comment.”
Rolfe’s father is still working full-time, and the fired cop has been getting donations to help with legal fees, his stepmom told the network.
She urged people to “withhold your judgment” and “let the truth come out” in her stepson’s case, decrying the “bad timing” of the deadly arrest amid an uprising over police-custody deaths.
“We have a horrible war on police officers, and it needs to end,” she told the outlet.
She urges people to stand with the police, thank them for their service and buy them a meal if they can.
“We’re trying to pass that along because this movement is so much bigger than just Garrett,” Rolfe said. “We would really like to get the word out to say thank you to a police officer.”
Father-of-four Brooks, 27, was shot twice in the back by Rolfe after he stole a Taser while trying to escape arrest after falling asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive thru.
Rolfe was fired just hours after the shooting and faces 11 charges, including felony murder. He could face the death penalty if convicted.