According to the Washington Examiner, Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported Thursday that Melissa Rolfe — the stepmother of Garrett Rolfe, one of the officers involved in the highly-publicized police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta — has been fired from her job at Equity Prime Mortgage (EPM).
Melissa Rolfe was the human resources director at the Atlanta-based company, and according to Carlson, who cited a “source familiar with the matter,” she “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” by the company, Carlson said, according to the Examiner.
The Fox host went on to suggest the obvious: “apparently she was fired,” he said, according to the Daily Wire, “and her only crime was being Officer Rolfe’s stepmother.”
The fatal shooting
According to NBC News, Officer Garrett Rolfe shot and killed Brooks after the 27-year-old Atlanta resident, who is Black, attempted to evade arrest after failing a sobriety test. Reports indicate that Brooks was cooperative at first, but attempted to flee after being told he would be arrested. He reportedly got into an altercation with the officers, and, in the process, stole one of their Tasers, which some allege had already been deployed.
As Brooks tried to run away, allegedly pointing the Taser at the officers, Garrett Rolfe opened fire. Two bullets hit Brooks in the back, NBC reported; at least one hit a nearby car, according to Politico.
Officer Rolfe has since been fired and is currently facing 11 charges, including felony murder and criminal damage to property over the car that was hit in the shooting, NBC notes. His partner, Officer Devin Brosnan, is facing three charges, according to Politico. Now, it seems Officer Rolfe’s family is taking heat, too.
The company’s explanation
The Examiner reported Thursday that Melissa Rolfe was still listed as an employee on EPM’s website as of May, but that her company bio has since been taken down. Responding to a request for comment from the Examiner, the company said Ms. Rolfe was fired because she violated company policy.
“As an employer, it is imperative to maintain a safe environment for all employees,” the company explained, according to the Examiner. “Melissa Rolfe’s termination was a direct result of her actions in the workplace and a violation of company policy.”
EPM went on to tell the Examiner that Rolfe “lost the confidence of her peers, leadership, and many employees who no longer felt comfortable engaging with her.”
The missing piece
What is clearly missing in EPM’s explanation is how exactly Ms. Rolfe violated company policy.
Her former employee profile stated that she has “over 20 years of experience” as a human resource director, and holds degrees in human resource management and business management. “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 profile on the company’s site read, according to the Examiner.
That sounds like exactly someone who you would want heading your human resources department. Sadly, as Carlson suggested Thursday, such firings will likely become the norm if something isn’t done soon.
“That will keep happening until lawmakers decided to resist the mob and protect ordinary people from its predations,” the Fox host said, according to the Daily Wire. “This is where the country is going, it’s becoming a place where you can be punished for the supposed misdeeds of your relatives. You don’t want to be that country. All of us should put on the brakes immediately.”