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A June 2020 view of the Atlanta Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was shot. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Atlanta Civil Service Board on Wednesday reversed the firing of former police officer Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, in a Wendy's parking lot last year.

Why it matters: The board said in its decision that the city failed to "comply with several provisions" of the Atlanta City Code and that Rolfe, who had been charged with murder, "was not afforded his right to due process" during his termination.

The board said that its decision has no bearing in determining if Rolfe's actions were criminal.

  • After he was fired last June, Rolfe sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and then-interim police Chief Rodney Bryant, arguing his firing was in violation of the municipal code of the city of Atlanta. He asked to be reinstated with back pay and benefits.

Context: Rolfe and another officer responded to the Wendy's after receiving a report about a man asleep behind the wheel of a car in the drive-thru.

  • The man, who turned out to be Brooks, allegedly failed a field sobriety test. He then struggled with the officers as they attempted to arrest him, according to surveillance video posted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
  • Brooks grabbed one of the officer's stun guns and ran away, and the officers chased him. During the chase, Brooks pointed the stun gun back at the officers before Rolfe shot Brooks twice in the back, according to NBC News.

The big picture: Brooks' death, and its proximity to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, set off a wave of unrest in Atlanta.

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Alabama Senate candidates already tacking hard right

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) addresses the rally preceding the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Two candidates for the Alabama Republican Senate nomination are trying to out-do each other with early, far-right appeals over Second Amendment rights and criticism of transgender athletic participation.

Why it matters: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and former U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda Blanchard were expected to tack toward the fringe in deep-red Alabama. They are, but they're also differing in one respect: who they're targeting with their ads.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the 20th century Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.

Climate reckoning for oil and gas CEOs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Top executives from ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell will face a reckoning on Capitol Hill Thursday, as they're grilled on evidence that their companies knew for years that their products were driving climate change but chose to downplay or deny it.

Why it matters: The hearing before the House Oversight Committee will be the first time these executives have been brought together to provide sworn testimony regarding what they knew about the ties between their company's products and climate change, and when they knew it.

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