In one of the most satisfying election results we’ve seen since a certain someone prevailed over Hillary Clinton, voters in Georgia decided they’d seen enough of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard on Tuesday. By a crushing 45-point margin, Howard was defeated by primary challenger Fani Willis in a runoff election this week.
Out interest in a Fulton County prosecutorial election would ordinarily be limited at best, but this one is different. Howard is the district attorney who decided to charge Atlanta officer Garrett Rolfe with murder for shooting drunk driver Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot earlier this summer. The incident, caught on tape and coming only a couple of weeks after the George Floyd debacle, sent Atlanta protesters into a tizzy. These protesters, the Atlanta mayor, and the media apparently thinks that a suspect should be able to violently resist arrest, steal a cop’s taser, shoot him with said taser, and escape with impunity.
According to them – and to Howard – the use of deadly force was not justified because a taser is not a deadly weapon. As absurd as this argument was, it was made even more ridiculous by the fact that Howard himself, when making a case against another cop, had said only weeks earlier that use of a taser could prove deadly.
We don’t know exactly why Fulton County voters chose to oust Howard. There was no shortage of good reasons to do so; in addition to his indefensible case against Rolfe, he is also under state investigation for embezzling funds from the DA’s office. This guy is really a piece of work. If there is any justice, Rolfe will be free by the end of the year, and Howard will be serving out a prison sentence. As it stands, we’re pleased enough to know that he won’t be running his criminal enterprise through the district attorney’s office anymore. And he won’t be charging innocent cops with BLM-inspired “crimes” anymore.
It’s also unclear how Willis, who is also a Democrat, will handle the Rolfe case going forward. He’ll be in a position to drop the charges entirely, but we’re not sure if he plans to. We’re sure he’ll be weighing that righteous choice against the mob violence that will undoubtedly erupt if he does so. We don’t doubt that’s a tough call to make, but if we’re withholding justice based on the threat of mass violence, then we no longer have a workable justice system. Let’s hope that Willis makes the right decision.