U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has requested a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s handling of the Rayshard Brooks case.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney William Barr sent Wednesday, July 8, Collins said Howard had allowed political pressure to influence him.
“Not only should our justice system pursue actual, tangible justice, it should also pursue the appearance of justice,” Collins wrote. “Georgians must have confidence that both the process and the outcome of this case is devoid of any and all political influence. Unfortunately, Georgians have rightfully lost that confidence in DA Howard.”
On Friday, June 12, two Atlanta police officers responded to a Wendy’s restaurant after complaints that Brooks, 27, had fallen asleep in the drive-thru lane. Police body cameras have shown the officers, Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, speaking with Brooks for more than 40 minutes.