6 Atlanta police officers charged after forceful arrests of college students

Six Atlanta police officers have been charged after a video showed police pulling two young people from a car during protests over the death of George Floyd, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that arrest warrants were issued for Lonnie Hood, Roland Claud, Mark Gardner, Armond Jones, Willie Sauls and Ivory Streeter for the caught-on-camera incident.

Howard said Hood, Sauls, Streeter and Jones repeatedly used stun guns on Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgram and forcibly pulled them from the vehicle. They were variously charged with aggravated assault, pointing or aiming a gun, simple battery and criminal damage to property.

Howard said there was no reason to wait for an indictment to charge these officers because the “information is available” and they “usually don’t have witnesses because the witnesses are usually deceased and are police officers who refuse to interview with the district attorney’s office.”

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for the charges to get dismissed and fired officers Gardner and Streeter. The rest of the officers are on desk duty.

Howard is giving the officers until June 5 to turn themselves in.

“We will ask for a $10,000 signature bond as they are trying to limit the amount of people in jail as the coronavirus pandemic is still an issue in Georgia,” said Howard.

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