Source: Aaron Gould Sheinin and Bill Rankin / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr., D-Atlanta, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly misappropriating almost $1 million in charitable funds, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
The grand jury had been investigating the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials’ finances. Brooks has served as the organization’s president. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in February that several officials with the organization had been subpoenaed and been interviewed by the FBI.
When asked Thursday if he had broken the law, Brooks said, “Not to my knowledge. I don’t want to discuss it right now. I want to do it on the Moore’s Ford Bridge because that’s what this is all about.”
Brooks was referring to the 1946 lynching of two black couples at Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe. He and GABEO have supported re-enactments held at the bridge since 2004.
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