“We haven’t forgotten you,” Collins told the crowd.
Early Saturday afternoon, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr tweeted a link to a previous statement outlining that his office has the legal authority to appoint another prosecutor to a case only if a court disqualifies the DA or if the DA recuses himself or herself. Carr's statement did not specifically mention Howard or the Brooks case.
A spokeswoman for Carr’s office said the tweet was not in response to Saturday’s rally, but rather was intended to clear up misinformation about the law.
Republican state senators and representatives also spoke at the rally, including Sen. Mike Dugan, the Senate majority leader.
On Wednesday, Howard announced his office was bringing criminal charges against Garrett Rolfe, who shot Brooks, and Officer Devin Brosnan. Rolfe was fired after the fatal incident.
Several Atlanta police officers stayed home from work Wednesday night, a reaction to two weeks of turmoil that has sunk morale "tenfold," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently said on CNN.
Howard's announcement came amid widespread protests against racism and police violence, and calls to shift public funding from police departments to other social services.
The speakers Saturday did not specifically mention the Black Lives Matter movement or other cases of police misconduct that have sparked the protests.