The only way one can legitimately describe Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is corrupted...

Not only did Paul Howard stage a news conference, complete with enlarged pictures and appearances by attorneys for the victim’s family and the policeman turned “cooperator,” before the Georgia Bureau of Education completed the investigation, but Howard also twisted the law and contorted the basic facts, either by commission or omission.

“The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it was unaware that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard planned to file charges against the officers involved in the Rayshard Brooks case while the agency was still conducting its investigation.” <Source>

Howard’s BIG LIE…

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Rayshard Brooks was "never informed" that he was under arrest for driving under the influence.

Howard noted that this is a requirement of the Atlanta Police Department when one is charged with a DUI.

Howard added that Brooks "never presented himself as a threat." At first he was sleeping, Howard said, and then "he was cooperative" after he was awakened.

"But Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds," Howard said after his team studied the video evidence. <Source>

There is no doubt that Howard has a self-interest in acceding to the mob mentality.

One, he is running for reelection and needs a “big win” to overcome extremely disturbing negatives.

“Now facing a runoff against Fani Willis in the race for Fulton County district attorney, incumbent Paul Howard signaled Wednesday that he intends to cast his Democratic opponent as an ally of police unions and Republicans.” <Source>

Two, he has been accused and sued for sexual harassment and discrimination by more than one woman.

"A second female employee has filed a lawsuit accusing Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard of sexual harassment, claiming she was marginalized and threatened with termination after she did not succumb to his advances."

“The facts demonstrate that women under Paul Howard’s authority are suffering from a toxic environment of sexual harassment and misconduct in which women do not feel physically or emotionally safe,” Williams said Wednesday. “These women want Howard to resign, and he should do so; nearly 30 years in office is too long.”

“Paul Howard’s campaign spokesman, Jeff Dickerson, called Grimes’ lawsuit “an obvious political ploy filed on the eve of an election with the intent to influence the outcome.” <Source>

Three, he is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for financial crimes including theft of public money.

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. <Source>

There is no doubt that he is speaking out of both sides of his mouth…

Howard, in the Brooks news conference claims that the Taser is not a lethal weapon, so the officer somehow did not face a lethal threat. 

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said that his decision on whether to bring charges will depend on whether the officers believed that Brooks posed a threat — even as he was running away.

Investigators have been closely examining the tape, and say the critical moment is when the shots are fired.

"Should the officers have felt threatened by that Taser?" asked CBS News. "It's not a lethal weapon, it's a non-lethal weapon," Howard responded. <Source>

“The charges by Howard, who is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation himself and is embroiled in a contentious primary election, are a substantial shift from last week’s press conference during which Howard said that a taser is a deadly weapon under Georgia law.” <Source – includes video of the statement>

Howard claimed the cooperation of Officer Brosnan as a “State’s Witness”

“When Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said Atlanta police officer Devin Brosnan would be a witness against Garrett Rolfe – the former officer charged with felony murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks – he added he was ‘shocked.’”

“Atlanta officer won't be 'state's witness' against Garrett Rolfe; lawyers dispute DA's claim

Attorneys for officer Devin Brosnan refuted Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr.’s assertion that Brosnan would be a “state’s witness” in the case against Garrett Rolfe.

Howard said during his press conference that Brosnan had agreed to testify against Rolfe, charged with 11 counts including felony murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

Attorney Amanda R. Clark Palmer told USA TODAY in an email Brosnan cooperated with the DA’s office when he was interviewed Tuesday, “just like he will cooperate with the GBI or any agency conducting an investigation into Mr. Brooks’s death.” <Source>

To bring felony murder charges, Howard had to invent a predicate felony by designating an errant shot that struck an innocent bystander’s vehicle as a deliberate act.

Personally came, Investigator Dona1d Hannah, II, who on oath says that to the best of his knowledge and belief, Garrett David Ro1fe (hereinafter called the accused) did during the period of the 12th day of June, 2020, in the county aforesaid, commit the offenses of, Aggravated Assault With A Dead1y Weapon O.C.G.A. 16-5-21(a) (2), in that said accused did, in the vicinity of the Wendy's Restaurant located at 125 University Avenue Southwest, in the City of Atlanta, State of Georgia; on the aforesaid date between the times of 10:30 p.m. (EDT) and 11:30 p.m. (EDT) the accused, being a City of Atlanta Police Officer, during the normal performance of his duties, intentionally and without justification, did unlawfully commit an assault upon the parson of Melvin Evans by shooting at, toward, and in the direction of Melvin Evans with a handgun, the same being a dead1y weapon. <From the arrest warrant> Additional charges were added for the other occupants in the vehicle.

Howard ignores the fact that Brooks was a violent criminal on probation and likely to be returned to jail as he characterizes Brooks as being non-aggressive. 

“Even though Mr. Brooks was slightly impaired, his demeanor during this incident was almost jovial,” Howard said. “For 41 minutes and 17 seconds he followed every instruction, he answered the questions. Mr. Brooks never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds.” <Source>

That is until he was being handcuffed. He then fought both officers to the ground and took the charged Taser from Brosnan’s hand before starting to run away. The fatal moment came when Brooks turned and fired the Taser at Rolfe at point-blank range. Rolfe may likely have not even realized it was a Taser as it might have well been Officer Brosnan’s duty weapon.

I find it ironic that the Brooks’ family and attorneys are characterizing him as a family man who cares deeply for his child when two of the charges against Brooks were battery on a family member and cruelty to children.

Bottom line…

Shorn of the extraneous details following the incident, there is no doubt that Rayshard Brooks drove a vehicle while impaired, resisted arrest, assaulted two officers, stole a taser, used that taser on an officer, and has a long and extensive criminal history.

“Instead of merely trying to escape, Mr. Brooks reached back with his arm extended and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe. Officer Rolfe heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him. Fearing for his safety, and the safety of the civilians around him, Officer Rolfe dropped his taser and fired his service weapon at the only portion of Mr. Brooks that presented to him - Mr. Brooks’ back. Officer Rolfe immediately stopped firing when Mr. Brooks fell to the ground since there was no longer an imminent threat towards Officer Rolfe or others. Officer Rolfe gathered himself, and then immediately called for EMS. Officer Rolfe retrieved first-aid supplies and began rendering aid to Mr. Brooks. When Mr. Brooks’ pulse stopped, Officer Rolfe immediately began CPR until EMS relieved him.

“The loss of life in any instance is tragic. However, Officer Rolfe’s actions were justified under O.C.G.A. §17-4-20 and O.C.G.A. §16-3-21. A peace officer may use deadly force to 1. arrest a suspected felon when he reasonably believes that the suspect poses an immediate threat of physical violence to the officer or others, 2. to protect himself and others from a life-threatening injury, and 3. to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. <Source>

If  Rolfe reasonably believed that Brooks used or was about to use deadly force, an officer is permitted to use deadly force to protect himself. As for “intent,” the determination of what was in the officer’s mind is not what a reasonable civilian sitting in an armchair would do, but what a reasonable police officer would do.”

Officer Rolfe did nothing wrong, and neither did Officer Brosnan. This is a political show trial to politically benefit Paul Howard and the Atlanta Mayor, who is being considered for a Vice Presidential slot by Joe Biden. That is, in addition to assuaging the anger of the mob and attempting to stop the rioting, arson, and looting. Let’s remember that peaceful protesters burnt a Wendy’s to the ground in protest of Brooks’ death.

Because of Howard’s actions, it is likely that the Grand Jury might not charge both officers or they will be acquitted at trial if indicted. With more rioting, arson, and looting. Bye-bye Atlanta.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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