ATLANTA, GA — Paul Howard, Jr. isn’t going anywhere. That’s the message being sent by the Fulton County District Attorney, who addressed the mounting criticism lobbed by a coalition of Georgia police union officials, elected politicians and police support groups. The critics are calling for the six-term prosecutor to recuse himself from the case involving two ex-Atlanta police officers charged in the death of Rayshard Brooks.
Last week, Howard announced a bevy of criminal charges against former Atlanta cops Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, who had responded to a Wendy’s employee’s call about a man (Brooks) who was asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru lane. Multiple video sources showed Brooks complying with a sobriety test, but the videos also show showed him fighting back while being handcuffed, grabbing Brosnan’s Taser and running away.