DA prosecuting Rayshard Brooks case under criminal investigation for stealing $140K in taxpayer money

DA prosecuting Rayshard Brooks case under criminal investigation for stealing $140K in taxpayer money
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He’s also facing the latest in a string of sexual harassment allegations from women who once worked for him, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Paul Howard, the Fulton County District Attorney who has already been urged to recuse himself from the Rayshard Brooks case for prosecutorial misconduct, is under criminal investigation for “his use of a nonprofit to funnel at least $140,000 in city of Atlanta funds to supplement his salary.” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Howard is also facing a state ethics complaint for not disclosing he was a chief executive of the nonprofit, People Partnering for Progress, in personal financial statements. On April 15, the Georgia Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission charged Howard with a dozen disclosure violations, most of them involving PPP.

A criminal probe of the prosecutor who heads Georgia’s largest and busiest district attorney’s office is highly unusual. But so was Howard’s decision to use PPP as a conduit to pad his salary by at least $170,000 from 2014 through 2017, according to tax records and the nonprofit’s own documents. (Howard’s annual salary, paid by the state and supplemented by the county, is roughly $175,000.)

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Howard’s conduct in the prosecution of Garrett Rolfe, the ex-Atlanta police officer who has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. has raised eyebrows. In his announcement of the charges last Wednesday, he claimed that Brooks, who aimed and fired one of the officers’ tasers at that as he ran, posed no threat to them. But earlier this month, he charged a police officer “for pointing a taser” at a suspect on the grounds that a taser is considered a “deadly weapon” under Georgia law. (RELATED: DA says cops made no attempt to save Rayshard Brooks, instead kicked him. Body cam says otherwise)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."