Prosecutor Sues DOJ For Not Sharing Shooting Investigation Details With Him

A Georgia prosecutor is claiming the U.S. Department of Justice is stonewalling his office over a man shot by police.

Atlanta, GA – A Georgia prosecutor has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for its refusal to give information about how police officers shot a man in 2016.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said federal authorities are blocking county prosecutors from interviewing the officers who shot and killed Jamarion Robinson, according to the Associated Press.

A U.S. Marshals task force shot Robinson, 26, while they were serving a warrant for his arrest in August of 2016, according to WMAZ.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the day after the shooting that witnesses and videos indicated the officers gave repeated commands for Robinson to drop a weapon.

Officers reported that Robinson shot at them three times, and a gun was recovered on scene.

However, the lawsuit claims that "when the firearm was recovered, it was damaged and inoperable." The damage was not described and it's not clear if the gun was damaged in the gunfight.

After the shooting, federal authorities launched an investigation.

Howard said the U.S. Department of Justice has refused to turn over any documents despite numerous requests the past two years via the Freedom of Information Act.

"We've never done anything like this," Howard said about the lawsuit, according to the Associated Press. "Our hope was that the federal authorities would cooperate and provide this office and this family with all the information about this incident. I cannot understand why they have not done it."

"It has now been 875 days since the officers killed Mr. Robinson, and the DOJ has yet to provide any of the documents or evidence requested and has failed to provide any investigative reports relating to Mr. Robinson's death," the lawsuit states, according to NBC.

Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Page Pate isn’t involved in the case but has dealt with the federal government in many other cases. Pate said it was extraordinary unusual for a standoff like this between local and federal law enforcers.

"They stonewall plaintiffs all the time, but it is unusual for them to stonewall a district attorney who is investigating a possible crime. ... They generally cooperate when it comes to investigating serious crimes," Pate said, according to the Associated Press.

Robinson’s family filed a lawsuit in January of 2018 that names seven different agencies, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit states that police knew Robinson had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had not been taking his medication.

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Bad Bob
Bad Bob

He was off his meds? So what? Shoot at cops and you will be shot.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Bigger issue is a State's Atty. ( or whatever ) who doesn't seem to have knowledge of the Supremacy Clause. Welcome to Modern America, Counselor Howard, you f#cking mouth breathing stooge. Right or wrong, it's the Way It Is. They are The Feds, they don't have to cooperate with your dumbass. Try getting Fulton Co. cleaned up a little first, like no Sheriffs killing mistresses, etc. Atlanta is like Port Au Prince with occasional snow. Puhleeze.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Psychotic Attention Whoring. I don't care for the concept of unaccountable "law enforcement", but the USM probably doesn't trust Fulton's comsec or opsec or basic discretion-and barrister Howard is showing exactly why. Shut up Howard. Please.

JohnWick
JohnWick

This will be part of a future gubernatorial stump speech. Thas all.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

This mindset of the minute an officer does their job using force, that they're investigated for criminal acts has got to stop.

Use of force review? Sure, but that's a long way from "let's see if we can indict them" as the goal.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

wow, that is one shiny head.....hand applicator or electric buffer? ...Mothers car wax or Meguiars? .... I bet he works on it for hours to get such professional results.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Is Fulton County a sanctuary county?

retiredcop
retiredcop

"The lawsuit states that police knew Robinson had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had not been taking his medication." And this makes him less dangerous, how?

Combokid
Combokid

Another family going for a ghetto lottery

chiefd
chiefd

I wonder if the prosecutor would feel the same if the man shot was white? I'm assuming with a name like Jamarion the perp was black.