The charges against the officers who were stopped in the car by Tsed College students were dismissed

The charges against the officers who were stopped in the car by Tsed College students were dismissed A viral video showed officers using tasers and forcing Morehouse and Spelman students out of their car.

ATLANTA – Several Atlanta police officers no longer face charges after being arrested for pulling two college students out of a car in the summer of 2020.

You may remember the body cam video that showed officers pulling students from a car during a protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing of George Floyd.

Channel Two reporter Mark Win He spoke exclusively on Monday with the special prosecutor who has decided to exonerate these officers of any wrongdoing.

Special Prosecutor Sameer Patel said the standoff near Centennial Olympic Park led to charges being brought against six officers – some of them felonies. Only one officer was charged with a misdemeanor. They were all acquired by then-Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s office through a judge.

But Howard’s successor, Fanny Willis, chose not to take part in the dispute case and appointed Attorney General Patel.

“This decision may upset quite a few people, but I can’t let that come to mind when I made this decision,” Patel said. “The right thing about law enforcement and the facts is to refuse to pursue this matter.”

Patel said his main job is the Bartow and Gordon County District Attorney.

But last year, he took over as special prosecutor to determine whether six Atlanta police officers had just done their jobs or broke the law on May 30, 2020, at the epicenter of chaotic protests and more in downtown Atlanta at their meeting with college students Messiah Young and Tanya Pilgrim.

Set criminal charges related to the incident against APD officers, Ivory Streeter, Lonnie Hood, Mark Gardner, Roland Claud, Willie Sauls and Armond Jones must be dismissed.

“These officers had no intention of violating any criminal law,” Patel said. “At the beginning of August, I asked the GBI to conduct an investigation that was getting more and more difficult for them because I was asking them to investigate something that happened over a year ago and they did a great job.”

Patel said the confrontation occurred on the first night of the 9 p.m. curfew imposed by then-Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, in an apparent attempt to distinguish between peaceful protesters over the killing of George Floyd and others who want to cause chaos.

He cited civil service testimony from Erica Shields, the former Atlanta police chief.

“It was a powder keg, we were sitting on a powder keg,” Shields said.

“These officers have been ordered to detain individuals in violation of the curfew,” Patel said.

Patel said Young, who was driving, was stopped by police downtown about 44 minutes after the curfew, and Pilgrim confirmed that they were not aware of the curfew.

“Initially, Christ Young was trying to shoot a video of the arrest of a pedestrian who might have been a friend nearby?” asked Wayne Patel.

“That’s right,” Patel said.

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Patel said the Bodycam video shows three confrontations between APD officers and the car within minutes in which officers could initially have arrested the couple for violating the curfew they just wanted them to move forward and not obstruct traffic.

“Officers made repeated attempts to obtain compliance, but they refused and these officers used force that they deemed necessary and reasonable,” Patel said.

Patel said after the first encounter, Young moved the car for a short distance. In a second, an officer quickly bowed in his car. At three, Young’s window was once open, and the once-open driver’s door locked.

Was your decision closer to what happened to Hajj El Tania? asked Wayne Patel.

It was just like that,” Patel said.

Patel said Pilgrim, who had complied with the officer’s directions at the first stop to get back into the car, began complying at the third stop by extending her leg and then pulling it back in and it was tweaked.

An officer then smashed the window by Young and was also startled.

Neither Young nor Pilgrim has been charged, Patel said, nor should the officers be.

“It became abundantly clear based on case law that these officers acted within their legal scope and that their actions were not criminal,” Patel said.

His attorney, Molly Davis, said Young had broken his arm and had received about 20 stitches.

He said an unidentified officer punched Young several times in the back at a location far from the scene of the accident.

Justin Miller, an attorney for Pilgrim and Davis, says people are frustrated and angry at the decision that what happened to college students shouldn’t happen and that many black Americans know that the idea that Georgia is moving forward with police accountability is a myth.

Lawyers for Young and Hajjaj released a statement Monday evening, saying:

“Christ Young, Tanya Hajj and their families are incredibly disappointed and discouraged by the decision announced today by the Cherokee Judicial District Attorney to drop charges against Atlanta police officers.

The world witnessed the horrific and gratuitous level of violence committed against these university students. How might a broken arm and 25 stitches be considered the appropriate response to the alleged curfew violation?

“The fact that these students and their families had to wait in agony and put their lives on hold for two years while this issue was brought up about the legal system is also outrageous.

“The narrative that Georgia is on a ‘positive path’ with regard to police accountability is a lie that should not be told or repeated. This decision only further erodes the community’s trust in the justice system.”

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