Two Atlanta cops dismissed for yanking Black Students
Two Atlanta cops have been fired for yanking two black students off a car while leaving a protest.
The scenery all captured on police body cam shows how violent the officers were to the students.
APD released the video showing just how chaotic and scary it was Saturday night for the 2 college students as they were being swarmed and attacked by the cops. The officers smashed the windows when the couple refused to comply with their orders of exiting the vehicle, and then they fired their tasers on them.
The young woman can be heard shrieking as she’s violently ripped from the car, and eventually … they get the guy out too and put both of them in cuffs and lead them away.
It’s still not clear what led up to this — some have said these folks were out past curfew, other reports say they attempted to drive around a cop when ordered to stop — but in any case … this excessive force cost 2 of the officers their jobs, and sent 3 others to desk duty.
“It was the worst experience of my life,” said the woman, identified as Taniyah Pilgrim, 20. She said she and her friend Messiah Young, the man in the video, were riding home from protests when the incident took place.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she understands the police are under distress … they still have a responsibility not to escalate situations. She called it a clear case of “excessive force,” adding that she was disturbed when she saw the video and ordered charges to be dropped against the man. The woman was not charged.
“As we watch the video today, it became abundantly clear immediately with the young woman that this force was excessive,” Bottoms said. “It also became abundantly clear that the officer who tased the young man needed to be terminated as well.”
The termination of the Atlanta Police Department officers involved in the incident with Morehouse and Spelman college students “only the first step of accountability but thanks to the Mayor and Chief Shields. If Atlanta is to continue being the city of peaceful protests, we need to not only keep the protesters in check, but also the officers of law enforcement.”
As for the 2 students — both are not going to face charges. The guy was initially arrested Saturday night, but Mayor Bottoms has told APD to drop the case entirely.