THE stepmother of the Atlanta cop accused in the killing of Rayshard Brooks has called for an end to the "war on cops".
Garrett Rolfe faces a felony murder charge after shooting Brooks, an African-American man, dead in the course of an arrest on June 12.
Rolfe had responded to reports of a man sleeping in a car in a Wendy's drive-thru lane.
Brooks was found to be over the legal limit to drive but resisted arrest, at one point grabbing Rolfe's taser and firing it at him.
Rolfe then shot Brooks twice in the back while pursuing him, and he later died in surgery.
The incident was captured on the bodycams of Rolfe and another officer, and came just weeks after the death of George Floyd, also African-American, sparked a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
If convicted over the killing, Rolfe could face the death penalty.
Speaking on Fox News, stepmom Melissa Rolfe said she believed her stepson would be exonerated.
"I would say withhold your judgment. Let the truth come out," she said.
"I feel like it was bad timing all the way around.
"We have a horrible war on police officers, and it needs to end."
The death of George Floyd sparked a wave of protests in cities around the world as well as calls for the cuts to the budgets of police departments.
Following Brooks's death, Melissa lost her own job at mortgage company Equity Prime Mortgage, where she was the HR director for almost 400 employees.
The company initially told her to take six to eight weeks paid leave to be with her family, but on June 18, six days after the shooting, fired her for creating what it called a "hostile work environment".
Melissa insists the decision was a "political move" made because she had shared posts supportive of her stepson on Facebook.
"I was being assured that everything was fine in the office," she said.
"I don't know how I lost the confidence of my peers just being a stepmother."
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