DEKALB DA ANNOUNCES WITHDRAWAL FROM ATLANTA PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING CENTER CASES
June 23, 2023
Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced today that she has made the decision to withdraw her office from the prosecution of all current cases related to the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center in unincorporated DeKalb County.
The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office has been part of a multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement agencies tasked with investigating and prosecuting acts of domestic terrorism and related charges occurring in and around the future site of the training center.
Over the last several months, DA Boston and her team have been involved in ongoing discussions with their law enforcement partners about the evidence and charges in those cases. Recent conversations between those agencies have revealed a fundamental difference in prosecutorial philosophy.
DA Boston and her team have spoken to all the stakeholders involved to notify them of her decision including the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Moving forward, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office will handle the prosecution of the pending cases. Under Georgia law both state and local prosecutors have jurisdiction to pursue indictments of certain offenses, including domestic terrorism.
“My team and I have worked diligently to reach a consensus with the Attorney General’s Office on charging decisions in these cases,” said DA Boston. “At this point, I have decided it is best that we allow them to move forward with the charges they feel are warranted.”
The mission of the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office to safeguard the community through vigorous and fair prosecution remains intact. Should there be any future arrests related to the training center, the DeKalb DA will address those cases like any other in our jurisdiction.