Charges filed against 6 APD officers after college students tased, pulled from car during Atlanta protests
[ Editor’s Note: I spent a lot of years in Atlanta a city in which police had a generally good reputation, vs like a Philadelphia cop who once shared with me his amended version of reading a suspect his rights, “You have the right to remain silent as long as you can withstand the pain”.
This is a May 30th incident. The action part start at two minutes. This group of cops is away from the protest and frankly look bored. The Milwaukee incident seems to not have made a behavioral impression on these cops, and they wanted to search the car for something to do.
The driver was trying to pick up a friend, who the other cops where rousting on the sidewalk, and the driver’s side cops told the driver to go or get arrested, so he slowly drives off. It seems the cops told him to do so they could claim he was evading, and hence their running down to catch him and do their big bust for the night.
Here is a short clip after the event and the doo doo hit the fan in Atlanta, where the female victim states the cop (a black cop mind you) says he was going to shoot them:
But no drugs and no gun were found in the car (and the cops did not plant any) killed their case, and in all the excitement the main perp cop forgot to erase his bodycam footage.
Here is what I though was the bombshell from the DA presentation, a mind blowing statement, the DA said “the information is before us to draw the conclusions of probable cause…that is different from a lot of our cases where there is no bodycam footage, no dashcam footage.
We don’t have witnesses as in those cases as our witnesses are already deceased.
And in most of our cases the police officers refuse to accept interviews with the DA’s office. I never thought I would ever hear a DA say anything like that. Color me surprised.”
These guys looked like a team who knew the tricks of the trade on how to roust some young kids where if they found nothing they could be covered by saying they acted suspiciously or “I saw what appeared to be his hiding something under the seat.”
And wait for it, wait for it, two of them had been fired before, which will entail another investigation as how they schmoozed their way back in. These two young people will probably have a civil action against them for monetary damages.
The DA will now have to look back on the older arrest cases of these cops to see if there is a pattern of busts like this. One of the kids of from Spellman College, and the other from Morehouse, the two top black schools and the schools are mad as hell … Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … June 06, 2020 –
ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said charges are being filed against six Atlanta Police officers involved in the incident where two college students, Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, were pulled from their car and tased.
Two Atlanta Police officers were previously fired and three others are on desk duty after videos showed the concerning arrests of the two college students amidst protests in Atlanta on Saturday night.
“Based upon our consideration of the facts, we have this morning, presented to one of our superior court judges six arrest warrants,” Howard said.
The officers charged are Ivory Streeter, Mark Gardner, Lonnie Hood, Willie Sauls, Armon Jones and Roland Claud. Charges range from aggravated assault, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and pointing a gun.
Bodycam video shows Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young riding in a car near the downtown ferris wheel.
It shows police on foot chasing the car, breaking a window and tasing the two occupants before pulling them from the car. Howard described it as a “vicious act.”
“I feel a little safer now that these monsters are off of the street, and no longer able to terrorize anyone else,” said Young Tuesday.
“It was just ridiculous. I’m happy they’re being held accountable,” said Pilgrim. “I hope every police officer that thinks it’s OK to just drag someone, beat someone, do all this stuff — because they’re cops? I hope they’re all going to be held accountable as well.”
Howard said he has asked that they have a $10,000 signature bond due to the fact that they are officers and the current situation with COVID-19. He has given the officers until Friday to turn themselves in.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields announced on Sunday that investigators Streeter and Gardner were both terminated from the department following the incident, which has drawn national attention.