Stepmother of ex-Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks fired from job, employer releases statement

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It appears that the fallout from actions of the former Atlanta police officer charged with fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks may now have extended to his family members as well.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported that Melissa Rolfe, the stepmother of Garrett Rolfe, has now lost her job as a human resources director at Equity Prime Mortgage. The only reason given by the Atlanta-based company was that she had violated company policy.


(Source: Fox News)

“Apparently, she was fired and her only crime was being officer Rolfe’s stepmother,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday, noting that the report is “a coda which really tells you everything about what’s happening to our country right now, how it has gone with amazing quickness from one of the most tolerant places, places of goodwill on the planet to something very different and very, very fast.”

A “source familiar with the matter” told the Fox News show that she had been assured her job was secure.

“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,” Carlson said.

“And honestly no other explanation was needed –it’s obvious what happened,” he continued, noting that Rolfe has “already been scrubbed from the company’s web site, wiped away as the Bolsheviks did with those that lost favor with Joseph Stalin.”

The company’s website did not show Rolfe listed any longer but, using the Wayback Machine, the Washington Examiner was able to locate her on the leadership page which offered this description:

“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.”

 

A statement about how Rolfe was fired because she violated company policy was released late Thursday and appeared to be putting the blame solely on her.

“As an employer, it is imperative to maintain a safe environment for all employees. Melissa Rolfe’s termination was a direct result of her actions in the workplace and violation of company policy,” the statement said.

“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,” it continued, claiming a “hostile” environment.

“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,” EPM concluded.

Georgia congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a message in which Rolfe had allegedly contacted her and said she “100%” agreed with her.

Earlier Thursday, Equity Prime Mortgage had released a message about “diversity and equity” in the workplace.

Carlson warned that what happened to Rolfe and her job as her stepson is facing 11 counts, including felony murder, will become the norm if not stopped.

“That will keep happening until lawmakers decide to resist the mob and protect ordinary people from its predations,” the Fox News host said.

“This is where the country’s going. It’s becoming a place where you can be punished for this supposed misdeeds of your relatives,” he added. “You don’t want to be that country. All of us should put on the brakes immediately.”

 

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