Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported the stepmother of the former Atlanta police officer charged with fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks last week has been fired from her job.
Carlson said a “source familiar with the matter” told his show that Melissa Rolfe, the stepmother of Garrett Rolfe, was let go from an Atlanta-based company called Equity Prime Mortgage, where she had been human resources director.
“Rolfe was promised that her job was safe, but today she was told, and we’re quoting, ‘We have to terminate our relationship with you.’ No other explanation was offered,” he said.
Carlson said, “apparently,” her “only crime was being officer Rolfe’s stepmother.” He noted that Rolfe has been scrubbed from the company’s website.
The Washington Examiner checked, and she does not appear on the website’s leadership page. But, using the Wayback Machine, the Washington Examiner did find her listed as recently as May.
“Melissa was born and raised in Cobb County, Ga. She is married with three grown sons and one grandson. She is honored to be your Human Resource Director and hopes to put over 20 years of experience into furthering the EPM way. She will be using her degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Management to partner with team members to make them feel appreciated, respected and heard. Her belief is that staff is the greatest asset at EPM and they need a healthy, happy, fun work environment that promotes personal and professional development,” the description for her read.
The Washington Examiner reached out to EPM for comment. About two hours after publication, the company released a statement that said Rolfe was fired because she violated company policy.
“As an employer, it is imperative to maintain a safe environment for all employees. Melissa Rolfe’s termination was a director result of her actions in the workplace and violation of company policy,” the statement read. “While working with Melissa as she transitioned to a leave of absence granted by our organization, we discovered she violated company policy and created an uncomfortable working environment for many of our employees. As an HR director, she ultimately lost the confidence of her peers, leadership, and many employees who no longer felt comfortable engaging with her. 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.”
The statement did not say what Rolfe did to violate company policy.
— Equity Prime Mortgage LLC (@Equity_Prime) June 19, 2020
A couple of hours before Carlson’s report, EPM shared a message about “diversity and equity” in the workplace.
EPM is dedicated to being an organization that strives for diversity and equality. We are guided by the 23 fundamentals of the EPM Way to be an advocate for financial empowerment in the communities we serve. pic.twitter.com/ag7wkZLl13
— Equity Prime Mortgage LLC (@Equity_Prime) June 18, 2020
Garrett Rolfe, who has been fired from the department, turned himself in on Thursday. He faces 11 counts, including felony murder. He is being held without bond and will appear in court on Friday.
A second officer, Devin Brosnan, is facing three charges, including aggravated assault.
The officers were dispatched to a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta late last Friday evening after an employee called 911 to say a customer who appeared to be intoxicated was asleep in his car in the drive-thru. They conducted a sobriety test on Brooks, which he failed, and a tussle ensued as the officers tried to handcuff him. In the midst of the struggle, Brooks grabbed Brosnan’s Taser and started to run away.
As Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, turned back toward Rolfe, who was in pursuit, to shoot the Taser, Rolfe reached for his firearm and shot and killed him, video footage of the incident shows. Rolfe, who is white, was fired 24 hours after the killing, and Brosnan was put on administrative duty pending an investigation.
Author: Daniel Chaitin
Source: Washington Examiner: Tucker Carlson reports: Stepmother of ex-Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks fired from job