Six Atlanta police officers have been charged with different forms of assault Tuesday after a viral video showed them forcibly removing college students from their car.
Investigator Ivory Streeter and Investigator Mark Gardner were fired Sunday after the video of the arrests was made public, according to the AP. They were both charged with aggravated assault. (RELATED: REPORT: One Man Killed After National Guard, Louisville Police Return Fire On Crowd)
Two other officers were charged with aggravated assault and another is charged with aggravated battery. Some of the officers were also charged with criminal damage to property, as well as pointing or aiming a gun according to the AP.
Body camera footage released on Sunday night shows police officers breaking the glass of the car, tasing the two people inside, and forcibly removing them from the vehicle. The victims were Messiah Young and his girlfriend Taniyah Pilgrim who were caught in traffic surrounding the protests in Atlanta.
“I feel a little safer now that these monsters are off the street and no longer able to terrorize anyone else,” said Young to the AP. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Pilgrim was released without charges, and she’s ordering the same thing for Young. According to the AP, a police report says Young was charged with attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.
Police officers in the video can be heard saying “Get your hand out of your pockets,” and, “He got a gun. He got a gun. He got a gun.” According to the AP, police reports did not list a recovered gun from Young. “I’m so happy that they’re being held accountable for their actions,” Pilgrim said in a press conference.