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The couple was caught in a traffic jam by protests against the death of George Floyd.
Six Atlanta, Georgia police officers were charged with multiple charges, including aggravated assault, after a video recorded with one of their body cameras showed authorities removing two young men from a car and shoot them with stun guns, while caught in a traffic jam by protests against the death of George Floyd, AP collects.
The incident took place on May 30 and the body camera clip revealed how an officer approached the vehicle where the couple was and opened the driver’s door. However, Messiah Young, repeating the phrase “I’m not going to die today“He managed to close it and urged officers to release the man they had just arrested on the street and let him get into the car.
When the car was stuck in traffic, officers used a stun gun against the young man’s girlfriend, Taniyah Pilgrim, and pulled her out of the vehicle. Moments later, the officers broke the driver’s window and switched to using the laser against Young. Once the young man was out of the car and lying on the ground, the policemen tied his hands behind his back and arrested him after claiming that he had a weapon, a fact that was not confirmed. In addition, he was accused of try to avoid to the police.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said the young man suffered a broken arm and an injury that required 24 points when it was taken out of the car. For his part, Young added that the officer who escorted him after the arrest provided him with more than 10 blows to the back.
In addition, both the city’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, and the police chief, Erika Shields, determined that the officers had used excessive force against the couple. Following the incident, two of the police officers were fired, while the other four are on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation.
“I feel a little safer now that these monsters are off the street and can no longer terrorize anyone else,” Young said Tuesday after learning of the disciplinary action taken.