ATLANTA --- Top leaders in Atlanta said Thursday they want the operations of a criminal court suspended and a review conducted after a repeat offender sentenced by it was charged with gunning down a state trooper this week.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Police Chief George Turner and Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. made the request in a letter to Judge Cynthia Wright. They said the Non-Complex Division of the Fulton County Superior Court is creating a crisis by focusing on quickly resolving cases at the expense of public safety.
Their letter, released Thursday, blames the court for the shooting death Monday of Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chadwick LeCroy during a traffic stop. A career criminal, Gregory Favors, 30, has been charged with murder in that killing.
Favors' criminal record includes 19 arrests and 10 convictions, according to the letter.
"One can't help but wonder 'Why was a career repeat offender such as Favors not already behind bars?' " the city and county officials wrote.
Favors was arrested Dec. 11 on charges of entering an auto, cocaine possession and other crimes. He was released on bond because police did not present a signed warrant or affidavit at his first court appearance.
Fulton County judicial leaders said they are reviewing Favors' history and plan to "work with all involved" to address any issues.