Atlanta, Ga. - A video that has gone viral on social media in addition to body cam footage released to news outlets are making headlines.
The video is of six officers who used Tasers on two college students during the protests in Downtown Atlanta. The footage shows the officers forcefully dragging them out of a vehicle and arresting them. Two of the six officers involved were immediately fired from the Atlanta Police Department for use of excessive force. The other four were placed on desk duty. However, the Fulton County District Attorney brought felony charges against all six of the officers the next day.
There is also talk of the officers bringing suit against officials within the City of Atlanta. On a lighter note, the past three days of protests have resulted in no arrests. Authorities have reported that the protests have remained peaceful and lawful. Governor Brian Kemp even released the emergency order requesting help from the National Guard.
Kemp released a statement via email to news outlets: “I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Georgia National Guard, state and local law enforcement, and all first responders who kept Georgians safe and ensured peaceful demonstrations across our great state. This coordinated team worked tirelessly to protect communities, businesses, and everyone exercising their Constitutional rights. Moving forward, we will continue to monitor activity around the state and remain prepared to respond if necessary.”
The first seven days of the protests resulted in over five hundred arrests. Many of the arrests were for misdemeanor offenses such as obstruction and curfew violations.
This is where the help of local and experienced counsel comes into play. If you or a loved one has been arrested, call our offices now. Many of the misdemeanor offenses faced by protestors fall into the same category as DUI related offenses. Obstruction and resisting arrest are often seen alongside DUI in Atlanta.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, call an Atlanta DUI Lawyer now.