Six Atlanta officers charged after dramatic video showed police pulling people from car
ATLANTA – Six Atlanta cops are charged after a dramatic video showed authorities pulling two children from a car during protests over the death of George Floyd, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Fulton County DA Paul Howard announced the fees during a press conference .
“I feel a little safer now that these monsters are off the street and no longer able to terrorize anyone else,” said Messiah Young, who was dragged from the vehicle along with his girlfriend, Taniyah Pilgrim, while they were caught in traffic.
The Saturday night incident first gained attention from video online and on local news. Throughout, the couple are often heard screaming and asking officers what’s happening.
Two of the officers, Investigator Ivory Streeter and Investigator Mark Gardner, were fired Sunday.
Streeter and Gardner are both charged with aggravated assault. Two others are also charged with aggravated assault, while one is charged with aggravated battery. Some of the officers are also charged with criminal damage to property as well as pointing or aiming a gun.
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Pilgrim was released without charges. She said Young was released, too, and she’s ordering the fees against him dropped. She didn’t specify what charges he faced. A police report says Young was charged with attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.
Dramatic body camera video that police released Sunday night shows police taking another young man into custody during a downtown street alongside a line of stopped cars. The man is pleading with police to let him go, saying he didn’t do anything.
Young, sitting within the driver’s seat of a car stopped within the street holds up his phone, appearing to shoot video as a politician approaches and pulls the driver’s side entrance open. Young pulls the door shut and says repeatedly, “I’m not dying today.” He urges the officers to release the opposite man and let him get within the car as the dark sedan advances a bit.
The car gets stuck in traffic and officers run up to each side of the car shouting orders. An officer uses a stun baton on Pilgrim as she’s trying to urge out of the car then officers pull her from the vehicle.
Another officer yells at Young to place the car in park and open the window. An officer repeatedly hits the driver’s side window with a baton, and another officer finally manages to interrupt it.
As the glass shatters, a politician uses a stun baton on Young and officers pull him from the car as officers shout, “Get your distribute of your pockets,” and, “He got a gun. He got a gun. He got a gun.” Once he’s out of the car and on the bottom , officers zip tie Young’s hands behind his back and lead him away.
Police reports don’t list a gun as having been recovered.
“I’m so happy that they’re being held in charge of their actions,” Pilgrim said at a press conference .
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