Atlanta Police Department fires 2 officers for using excessive force against college students out past city curfew

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Atlanta Police Department fires 2 officers for using excessive force against 2 college students out past city curfew

The Atlanta Police Department has fired two officers for use of excessive force Saturday in the arrest of two college students protesting the death of George Floyd."Sometime during the night, I saw very disturbing video of two young college students who were in downtown Atlanta yesterday evening," Bottoms said during the press conference."The use of force is never acceptable."

Police officers surround Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim on Saturday night as they drive in downtown Atlanta. Young and Pilgrim's resulting arrest was broadcast live on CBS46 in Atlanta. Two of the officers involved were fired from the Atlanta Police Department on Sunday for use of excessive force after dragging Pilgrim and Young from the car, Young was also tased by two officers.

During Sunday's press conference, Bottoms said that five officers were involved in the arrest of Pilgrim and Young, but a review of body camera footage indicated that two of the officers used excessive force. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said that the names of all five officers, as well as the body cam footage, will be released to the public.

"This video was really shocking to watch, how we were manhandling a couple of young people in their car," Shields said."And, to be fair, I knew it was bad, but I really wanted to believe that the body camera footage would provide some larger view that could better rationalize why we got to this space. Having spent most of the afternoon with the mayor reviewing the footage exhaustively, I knew that I had only one option and that is to terminate the employees.

 

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That was horrific those poor kids , omg

Apparently these officers are not aware of new protocols . When encountering a combative suspects instead of protecting urself n public however u can ? Officers will now pull up a chair n establish a therapeutic dialogue n attempt to reach the root of hostility n inner anger...

They (the cops) seem to have zero issue with the group of people just behind them...

I want convictions. Not just jobs, I would be facing assault charges if i had acted as these officers. I want convictions.

Tamir Rice’s murderer isn’t in jail. Mike Brown’s murderer isn’t in jail. Trayvon Martin’s murderer isn’t in jail. Eric Gardner’s murderer isn’t in jail. Sandra Bland’s murderers aren’t in jail. Philando Castile’s murder isn’t in jail. Breonna Taylor’s murderers aren’t in jail.

I saw this tape yesterday and it was repugnant to watch, I am glad these two thugs were fired, I hope they got home safe GeorgeFloydProtests

The entire force should go home in support of these two officers.

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... The Students Were Acting Peacefully?

Good!!!

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