I last wrote on the Rayshard Brooks case in August of 2020 (the SMM Brooks archive is here). As I noted at the time, the George Floyd case had overtaken the Brooks case, with Floyd becoming the indispensable, primary holy social justice martyr of the moment. The thrust of that brief update was the electoral defeat of District Attorney Paul Howard, whose charging of officer Garrett Rolfe was a vain, racist attempt to hang onto his position of power and corruption. His opponent, and the current DA, Fani Willis, was very critical of Howard’s action in the Brooks case, but has yet to dismiss charges. Fox5 in Atlanta provides a bit more information:
It appears even D/S/C parts of the country have a limit on the corruption they’re willing to abide.
Howard recently came under fire after the FOX 5 I-Team uncovered the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was looking into allegations that Howard used grant money from the City of Atlanta to nonprofits under his control. One of those non-profits paid Howard at least $140,000 in city grant money. He agreed to pay a $6,500 state ethics fine for failing to disclose his role as a CEO for two non-profits.
The GBI was investigating the way grand jury subpoenas were issued by Howard’s office in the Rayshard Brooks murder case.
In addition, three past or present female employees have filed lawsuits alleging harassment or discrimination.
Those issues have yet to be resolved.
Challenger Fani Willis, who worked in Howard’s office for 16 years and has also been a defense attorney and a judge, raised more money and snagged key endorsements. She received the most votes in the primary but failed to get more than 50%, the necessary threshold to avoid a runoff in the three-way race.
There was no republican running, so Willis won the election. Rather than do the right thing and dismiss the charges, Willis tried to pass the buck, as WRDW.com reports:
The Georgia attorney general tells Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis he won’t approve her request to transfer the Rayshard Brooks case out of her district.
Willis says the previous district attorney used the case as a ‘campaign prop’ during last year’s election.
Yes he did—see Update 6—which should have caused Willis to dismiss all charges, but she’s Black, this is Atlanta, it’s 2021 in America and race is everything.
But in Tuesday’s letter, Attorney General Christopher Carr says:
‘Matters that are personal to your predecessor in office do not pertain to you or your office. Therefore, from the concerns raised in your letter, it appears abundantly clear that your office is not disqualified from these cases by interest or relationship.’
Your serve, Willis. And then, in early May:
A fired Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks last June was reinstated by the city’s Civil Service Board.
‘Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process,’ the board stated of Garrett Rolfe. ‘Therefore, the Board grants the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD.’
The ruling, however, won’t get Rolfe back to work, as he is facing a felony murder charge over Brooks’s death and his bond prevents him from possessing a firearm.
‘He’d essentially be on administrative leave pending the outcome of the charges against them,’ Rolfe’s attorney Lance LoRusso said.
Ah! So firing an officer long before an investigation has been completed isn’t—what’s the word?–Legal? That’s the one. I suppose we should all be grateful for this, grateful social justice did not prevail, at least in administrative law.
Garrett’s attorneys, Noah Pines and William Thomas, filed a motion to relax the bond restrictions on Garrett:
In a recently filed motion to ease bond restrictions, Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe’s attorney cites details from the GBI probe into last June’s shooting of Rayshard Brooks that contradict assertions by the former district attorney who charged the 27-year-old officer with murder.
The bulk of the GBI’s findings remain unavailable to the public, and this is the first public disclosure of any details of its investigation. The agency investigates virtually every police shooting in the state and, while it makes no determination of guilt or innocence, the GBI’s findings carry considerable weight with prosecutors.
That motion may be found here. The motion exposes many of former DA Howard’s lies about the case. Some excerpts:
On January 25, 2021, pursuant to OCGA §15-18-5, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis disqualified her office from handling the case against Officer Rolfe. However, the Attorney General, Christopher Carr, informed District Attorney Willis that her reason for disqualification is not valid and therefore he rejected her request to appoint a new prosecutor. Thereafter, District Attorney Willis filed a special appearance, indicating that she is ethically prohibited from working on this case.2 As this issue remains unresolved, there is currently no unconflicted prosecutor assigned to handle this case.
This, gentle readers, us highly unusual, and is surely the result of a racist DA pushing for social justice—and his own reelection—rather than upholding the law. This is what happens when cities elect a Black DA rather than a DA who happens to be Black.
Officer Rolfe understands that many people arrested for murder are held without bond until trial. However, it is rare that a person is arrested for murder, without any law enforcement investigation, at the direction of the District Attorney who conducts a press conference that not only violates the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, but also misinforms the public as to the facts of the case, uses the arrest as part of his political campaign, ends up being investigated by the GBI for his misuse of Grand Jury subpoenas in this case, gets voted out of office, and creates such an ethical mess, that the newly elected District Attorney decides to disqualify herself from the handling of the case.
I suspect Willis wants to be disqualified because she knows the only ethical, lawful, thing to do is dismiss all charges. She surely doesn’t want to be tarnished with Howard’s corruption. However, she too is Black, and doesn’t want to face mob justice for upholding actual, rather than, social, justice. Here are some interesting facts from the GBI report that have been, to this point, unknown (emphasis mine):
(1) Paul Howard stated that Rayshard Brooks was ‘slightly impaired’ on the night of the incident. However, GBI crime lab toxicology reports indicate that Rayshard Brooks was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Specifically, his blood alcohol concentration was .102, and drug tests [higher than the legal limit] indicate that his blood contained eutylone [a “designer” drug stimulant] or an isomer of eutylone, cocaine, cocaethylene [a metabolite of cocaine], benzoylecgonine [an other cocaine metabolite], and midazolam [an anesthetic/despressant].
In other words, Brooks was not only legally drunk, he was high on coke, a stimulant, and a depressant.
(2) Paul Howard said he ‘examined’ the two tasers involved inthis case. However, he conveniently left out the fact that even after Rayshard Brooks fired the second taser cartridge at Officer Rolfe (having fired the first cartridge at Officer Brosnan), Mr. Brooks pulled the taser trigger three additional times, indicating his intent to harm Officer Rolfe.
That’s a pretty good indication of malign intent.
(3) Paul Howard alleged that Officer Rolfe failed to provide proper medicalattention to Rayshard Brooks, and this allegation was repeated to this Court during the bond hearing by his Assistant District Attorneys. However, no eyewitness interviewed by the GBI supports this claim. In fact, the GBI investigative report indicates that several eyewitnesses stated that Officer Rolfe rendered medical aid to Mr. Brooks.
(4) None of the eyewitnesses interviewed by the GBI stated that Officer Rolfe said, ‘I got him’ as alleged Paul Howard to the public and his Assistant District Attorneys to this Court.
(5) None of the eyewitnesses interviewed by the GBI stated that they saw Officer Rolfe kick Rayshard Brooks as alleged by Paul Howard to the public and his Assistant District Attorneys to this Court. Additionally, based on a review of the videos, the GBI concluded that it appeared. Officer Rolfe ‘was stepping over’ Rayshard Brooks, not kicking him.
I suspect there is much more in the complete GBI report, but even this much prosecutorial misconduct should be sufficient to dismiss the charges. Of course, in the current, racialized climate in Atlanta and across much of America, no court would be likely to do actual justice if it means clearing a white police officer in the shooting of a Black felon. If the assistant DAs lied to the court, as the motion alleges, they should be facing sanctions. Back to the motion:
In sum, many comments made by Paul Howard and his Assistant District Attorneys were patently false. These false statements presented an inaccurate picture of this case to this Court, an inaccurate picture of Officer Rolfe to this Court, and an inaccurate picture of the OCGA §17-61(e) factors to this Court. On the other hand, the GBI investigative report reflects the reality and accuracy of what was argued to this Court on Officer Rolfe’s behalf. That, Officer Rolfe acted in accordance with state law and his training, that he was legally justified in using deadly force, that he is not a risk of flight, that he is not a danger to the community, that he is not a danger to commit additional crimes, and that he is not a danger to violate any of the other OCGA §17-6-1(e) factors. Now that the independent investigation by the GBI has been completed and Paul Howard is no longer around to misinform the public and this Court about the facts of this case, it is time for this Court to re-examine the conditions of bond imposed on Officer Rolfe.
Final Thoughts: So now we know former DA Paul Howard–and possibly some of his assistant DAs–committed all manner of prosecutorial misconduct, denying Rolfe due process. Not only that, he lied to the public and the court about material facts of the case. We can be certain the Biden/Harris/Whoever racist Department of Justice will pursue the officers involved like hounds from Hell, regardless of the local outcome.
And what might that outcome be? Surely, the only actually just outcome would be the complete dismissal of all charges. Will that happen? It appears the Atlanta justice system is taking a holiday. No one wants to touch this one. That’s not only incompetent but foolish. Nothing less than Rolfe’s blood will satisfy the BLM/Antifa/DOJ mob. Should charges be dismissed, it will not matter whether it’s done tomorrow or a year from now. The results—“mostly peaceful protests”—will be the same.
In the meantime, during this holiday from justice, we might contemplate how we’ve come to allow Marxist thugs to so control and derange our justice system and to shake the foundations of the Republic. Rayshard Brooks is no martyr. He’s among the last people anyone should emulate. The same is true of Paul Howard.
Americans are becoming tired, very tired, of being called racist, particularly when its on behalf of Marxist sedition and race hustling, all to the detriment of actual public safety and the rule of law.