Georgia State House Of Representative Tyrone Brooks Resigns Due To Federal Charges
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Tyrone Brooks Resigns Due To Federal Charges
Brooks is set to enter a plea on federal charges.
Reached by phone Wednesday evening, Brooks referred questions to his lawyer, former Gov. Roy Barnes, who did not immediately return phone messages.
Prosecutors have said Brooks misappropriated funds meant for charity and used the money to pay personal and family expenses.
Brooks has pleaded not guilty. Barnes said at the time that Brooks may not be good at bookkeeping but didn't commit a crime.
In his resignation letter, Brooks said he is shifting his priorities back to fulltime civil human rights works.
"Dear Governor Deal,
After 35 enjoyable and successful years in the Georgia House of Representatives, I have decided to shift my priorities and transition back to fulltime Civil Human Rights work. I have decided to make the Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching’s in Monroe, GA, my number #1 priority.After leading the 12th Annual March on The Bridge on Saturday, April 4th, commemorating the 47th Anniversary of my Leader and Hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I made my final decision on Easter Sunday at the square in downtown Covington while remembering the 1970 movement, where I was almost killed by Sheriff Henry Odum Jr. Moore’s Ford is special because it’s been a part of my life since 1968. As you know, it was on Dr. King’s agenda from 1946 to 1968. So many of my colleagues involved in this movement have just recently passed including: Mr. Ed Brown, Camilla, GA, Mr. Ralph Ivey, Social Circle, GA, and Rev. Clarence Grier Jr., former Pastor 1st African Baptist Church, Monroe, Georgia. Additionally, Mr. Robert Howard is presently suffering from Alzheimer’s/Dementia plus many more others are declining in health. Other Moore’s Ford suspects and witness are also passing away rapidly. That’s why I have to devote all my time and energy to this movement before my time is up. Plus, we are raising a 2 month old, 5 year old, and 6 year old and a 17 year old.
Therefore I am hereby resigning from House District 55, immediately effective today."