NEW BERN, NC — The New Bern Chief of Police says a Facebook post made by one of the department’s officers concerning the death of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has been turned over to Professional Standards for review.
Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. released a statement, saying that he has addressed the matter individually with those that have voiced concerns about the post made by Officer Nick Rhodes, who said:
“If you think the Atlanta shooting is anything other than a justified use of force, I have a uniform and a gun you can wear. Let us know if you prefer burial or cremation. You won’t make it.”
Now-former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe last week fired three shots at Brooks; two hit Brooks in the back and another that hit a car with three people inside. He has been charged with murder.
Summers says the department has spent years building relationships with the community and believes in holding members accountable to those they serve.
“I ask for the community’s patience as we complete a review of this incident to ensure thoroughness and fairness,” said the chief.
He adds that he can’t address personnel matters further due to North Carolina state law.
The social media post was made amid calls for nationwide police reform.