Friday, February 23, 2024

Fulton County DA Blocks Judge’s Decision to Release Would-Be Cop-Killer

'We want to make sure that, in my lifetime, he never sees society again... '

(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) An Atlanta-area judge on April 19 ordered authorities to release a gang member who allegedly tried to kill a police officer, but the Fulton County District Attorney blocked the action and called an emergency hearing with a new judge, 100PercentFedUp reported.

Even Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis—a cerfitied anti-Trump Leftist—thought that the judge threatened the public’s safety by granting bond to gang member Christian Eppinger, 22, who shot Officer David Rodgers six times, nearly taking his life.

“It is the position of the state that that individual should not have been given bond, based on his history – based on where he was in the process here at Fulton County,” Willis said on April 20 at a press conference. “And so, it is something that has upset my law enforcement partners, and me as the district attorney.”

Eppinger shot Rodgers on Feb. 7, 2022. Rodgers tired to arrest Eppinger, who had an active arrest warrant for allegedly committing aggravated assault and robbery in October 2021.

“Eppinger has a long history of violence in our community,” she said. “Mr. Eppinger is not getting out of jail. There is a hold on him from the Fulton County jail as a result of [his parole infractions.] So he is not getting out of jail.”

Atlanta’s Deputy Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said that Rodgers has “a long road of recovery before him.”
He said he opposes the trend of releasing criminals “into our communities,” arguing that it has led to police officers being “assaulted at record levels across the country and placed in communities with imminent harm.”
Immediately after the shooting, a judge denied Eppinger bond. Now Willis hopes that another judge will reverse the decision to grant him bond, CW69 News reported.
“We quite frankly believe that Judge Schwall, who is the judge hearing the revocation, is likely going to sentence this gentleman to between 50 and 60 years in jail, which is the max that he can get,” she said.
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