Georgia Congressman calls for independent district attorney after Atlanta officer charged with felony murder

Doug Collins, Georgia’s 9th district republican Congressman today called for Attorney General Chris Carr to appoint an independent district attorney in the case of Rayshard Brooks after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced charges of felony murder against the officer who shot Brooks.

The charges came before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had completed its investigation, drawing the ire of police officers and Collins.

Below is Collins’ statement on the charges and his call for Carr to appoint an independent district attorney.


“Our founders intended for our justice system to be blind – blind to race, blind to socioeconomic status, and blind to politics. While we seek justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many lives lost, we cannot turn our backs on the majority of law enforcement officers who are simply doing their jobs and putting their lives on the line for us each and every day. 

“Charging an Atlanta police officer with felony murder before the completion of the GBI’s investigation was a political decision, not a legal one. I’m calling on Attorney General Chris Carr to appoint an independent district attorney in the case of Rayshard Brooks to ensure Georgians have complete confidence that this case is devoid of any and all political influence. If a special prosecutor was warranted in the Ahmaud Arbery case, then it certainly warrants the appointment of one here.”

– Doug Collins

Doug Collins is running for U.S. Senate to fill the unexpired term of Johnny Isakson. Paul Howard is running for reelection as Fulton County District Attorney.

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