Atlanta DA Charging Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks with Murder Has Very Troubling Past
The Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, announced earlier this week that the police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last week was being charged with felony murder.
This came as a shock to many who saw the shooting as being justified given the circumstances. Nonetheless, this DA charged him with murder, alleging that Brooks posed no threat even though he was fighting him, punched him, took his taser and discharged it at him.
The remarks from Howard come after he charged a police officer earlier this month “for pointing a taser” at someone because a taser is considered to be a “deadly weapon” under Georgia law.
In explaining the charges against former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, Howard said, “We’ve concluded at the time Mr. Brooks was shot that he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers.”
Howard continued by noting that Brooks fired a taser, which he took from the officer on scene, at Rolfe and that Rolfe opened fire on Brooks after that.
“But I don’t know if you can see it clearly,” Howard told the media in announcing the charges on Wednesday while showing a blown-up photograph of the incident. “The prongs from the taser were actually fired above Officer Rolfe here.”
But there are some interesting details about the District Attorney that we are now learning about.
Just less than a month ago, he said that “under Georgia law a taser is considered a deadly weapon.”
DA Paul Howard: “We’ve concluded at the time Brooks was shot that he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical to the officer… Brooks [fired] a taser [at the cop]”
He charged a cop on 06/02 “for pointing a taser” since “a taser is considered a deadly weapon” pic.twitter.com/mGMXh7RGtX
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2020
BOOM! Sounds like its case closed based on just what the DA said, and don’t think that this won’t be used against him in a court of law.
But that’s not even the full extent of the matter surrounding the DA. He is also under investigation for funneling $140,000 to supplement his salary.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in May:
The GBI has opened an investigation of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his use of a nonprofit to funnel at least $140,000 in city of Atlanta funds to supplement his salary, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned.
The criminal investigation comes at a time when Howard, Fulton’s DA since 1997, is being challenged in the Democratic primary for reelection and is facing allegations of sexual harassment, which he strongly denies.
In a statement issued Monday, Howard predicted he will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
“This is not the first time what would be considered as an administrative matter for other Georgia elected officials is turned over to the GBI for investigation when it involves the Fulton County district attorney,” he said. This was in reference to the agency’s 2014 investigation of Howard’s use of money forfeited by criminals to pay for galas and dinners for his staff and their families.
In that GBI probe, prompted by media reports, “I was totally exonerated,” Howard said. As for the ongoing investigation, he said, “(I)f the facts are followed, it is my expectation that the result will be exactly the same.”
Howard said the timing of this investigation, weeks away from the June 9 primary, “is not lost on me.”
Howard is also facing a state ethics complaint for not disclosing he was a chief executive of the nonprofit, People Partnering for Progress, in personal financial statements. On April 15, the Georgia Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission charged Howard with a dozen disclosure violations, most of them involving PPP.
There is going to be a problem of course if and when the officer is found not guilty based on all of the evidence because people don’t really want justice, they want revenge.