2 officers fired after video shows college students pulled from auto, tased

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

Officers were seen smashing the windows of the vehicle before tasing and forcefully pulling both students from inside.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Sunday that two of the city's police officers have been fired after body cameras showed they used excessive force against two college students protesting the death of George Floyd, AP reports.

"Sometime during the night, I saw very disturbing video of two young college students who were in downtown Atlanta yesterday evening", Bottoms said.

Shields offered an apology and said she knows the officers' behavior was unacceptable and caused further fear. Streeter worked with Atlanta Police since 2003 and Gardner since 1997.

Investigators Carlos Smith and Willie Sauls, and Sergeant Lonnie Hood, have been placed on administrative duty, an APD spokesperson told Insider.

Bottoms imposed a 9 p.m. curfew for Saturday and Sunday.

It was around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when Atlanta Police officers were seen on video pulling a young man and woman out of a vehicle.

Among news coverage on Saturday night, a hot CBS camera captured a black couple being surrounded by police and their auto windows being smashed by multiple cops, all while they attempted to leave downtown.

The video, shown on TV as captured by local reporters, shows a group of police officers in riot gear and gas masks surround a vehicle being driven by Young with Pilgrim in the passenger seat.

11Alive has learned that the driver is Morehouse student Messiah Young.

Bottoms said Pilgrim was released without charges. Young was taken to a local hospital and released Sunday. But that does not relieve us of our repsonsibilities.

Tyler Perry is the latest Atlanta area celebrity to weigh in on the street protests taking place over the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody.

Five officers were involved in the incident.

A protest outside CNN's Atlanta headquarters, which houses a police precinct, turned violent on Friday when some protesters threw objects the building's entrance and defaced the company's logo.

"If you love our city, go home", she added.

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