Six Atlanta police officers have been charged after they forcefully pulled two college students out of a car, smashing the cars’ windows, and used a stun gun on both of the victims, ABC News reported.
A prosecutor in Atlanta announced the charges today, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard stated that arrest warrants were issued for — the officers involved in the incident — Lonnie Hood, Roland Claud, Mark Gardner, Armond Jones, Willie Sauls, and Ivory Streeter.
All six officers violently attacked the two students after they were supposedly out past curfew driving in their car. The video which went viral across the internet yesterday shows the police smashing the car’s windows then pulling the pair out of the car and tasing them both in the process.
Claud allegedly used his baton to strike the window several times, which resulted in shattering it. Gardner and Streeter then allegedly used their stun guns on Pilgram and Young while simultaneously pulling them out of the car.
Howard stated that Hood, Sauls, Streeter, and Jones repeatedly discharged their stun guns on Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgram and forcibly pulled them from their vehicle. The officers were variously charged with aggravated assault, pointing or aiming a gun, simple battery, and criminal damage to property according to ABC.
However, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently fired only two officers Gardner and Streeter. The rest of the officers were put on desk duty and as per the course will eventually be back out on the streets.
“I feel a little safer that these monsters are off the street and no longer able to terrorize anyone else from this point on,” said Young, a student at Morehouse College, at the press conference on Tuesday. “We just hope there is a change in the police culture.”
The protests continued Tuesday, as police brutality also continued at the gatherings, however, there was some good news in North Carolina when officers kneeled in solidarity with protesters. George Floyd an unarmed Blackman was killed when officers Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane, held him down and fired cop Derek Chauvin used his knee to put pressure on Floyd’s neck. Floyd died of asphyxiation according to an autopsy that was performed.
So far only Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd, protesters are demanding that the other men are charged and changes to the current police system, acknowledgment of dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police, sustainable solutions for black prosperity, and more. You can read Black Lives Matter’s full demands below.
Black Lives Matter wrote the following on the group’s website:
“Enough is enough.
Our pain, our cries, and our need to be seen and heard resonate throughout this entire country.
We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police.
We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives.
George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them.
Right now, Minneapolis and cities across our country are on fire, and our people are hurting — the violence against Black bodies felt in the ongoing mass disobedience, all while we grapple with a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting, infecting, and killing us.
We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken.
We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive. If you’re with us, add your name to the petition right now and help us spread the word.”
Black Lives Matter has a petition for everyone to sign to demand “defunding the police” and recognizing that “Black Lives Matter.”