Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. told reporters Wednesday he believes prosecutors ought to be able to bypass any grand jury requirement and indict officers immediately in officer-involved shooting scenarios.
Howard spoke during a press conference in which he announced felony charges against former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe.
Rolfe was the officer who allegedly shot and killed Rayshard Brooks on Friday, after Brooks allegedly grabbed Rolfe’s taser, ran, and fired the taser back toward Rolfe.
Rolfe then shot Brooks, fatally wounding him.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. point at a picture displayed inside the courtroom as he announces 11 charges against former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe on June 17, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
Rofle’s attorneys said, “When Mr. Brooks turned and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe, any officer would have reasonably believed that he intended to disarm, disable, or seriously injure him.”
Howard countered by saying the taser was allegedly fired twice and that Rolfe should have known that “once it’s fired twice it presented no danger to him or to any other persons.”
Video from Fox 10 shows that Howard went further insomuch as he lamented the time it will take to bring together a grand jury to examine the facts in case involving Officer Rolfe and Mr. Brooks.
In the video, taken during Wednesday’s press conference, Howard said, “One of the things that I’m hoping that we will pass, not only in our state but in the entire country, is that I think we need to change the law. I believe that prosecutors should be allowed to indict cases directly, without a grand jury, when they involve police shootings.”
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