6 Atlanta Officers Charged After Release Of 'Disturbing' Arrest Video
Added 06-02-20 05:07:02pm EST - “Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the assault and battery charges Tuesday, after the release of a video showing two black young adults tased and yanked from their car.” - Npr.org
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Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young address a news conference Monday at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Prosecutors have filed charges against the six officers involved in their arrest Saturday night. John Bazemore/AP hide caption
Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young address a news conference Monday at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Prosecutors have filed charges against the six officers involved in their arrest Saturday night.
Six Atlanta police officers are facing a slew of charges for their role in the arrest of two young people last weekend. The incident, during which the officers tased the pair and pulled them from their vehicle, caught national attention after it was recorded and posted to social media by bystanders.
"I agree with Mayor [Keisha Lance] Bottoms and I agree with our police chief, Erika Shields, when they both have conveyed in so many separate ways that the conduct in this incident — it is not indicative of the way that we treat people in the city of Atlanta," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told reporters Tuesday.
Howard's office has filed charges — mostly assorted aggravated assault and battery counts — against a half-dozen officers involved in the arrest: Lonnie Hood, Willie Sauls, Ivory Streeter, Mark Gardner, Armond Jones and Roland Claud. Streeter and Gardner have been fired from the force since Saturday's incident, while three others have been placed on desk duty.
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