DA says Brooks wasn’t ‘threat’ to cop he shot taser at, 2 weeks ago said taser ‘considered’ ‘deadly weapon’

DA says Brooks wasn’t ‘threat’ to cop he shot taser at, 2 weeks ago said taser ‘considered’  ‘deadly weapon’
Paul Howard (Image: 11alive screen grab)

[Ed. – The DA really needs to be removed from the case, if not from office. He continues to demonstrate prosecutorial misconduct.]

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced on Wednesday that the police officer who killed Rayshard Brooks last week was being charged with felony murder and that Brooks did not pose a threat to the officer even though Brooks fired a taser at the officer.

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.