Two Atlanta police officers have been fired for their use of excessive force after they detained two college students protesting the death of George Floyd.
As Axios reports, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the firings after the officers ripped the students from a vehicle and tased them. The mayor revealed the officers’ own “shocking” bodycam footage was used to make the decision.
BREAKING: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces two officers who arrested a Spelman College and Morehouse College student using excessive force and a taser are now fired. Three others are on desk duty. pic.twitter.com/0faMdJSoc8
— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) May 31, 2020
The big picture: Thousands of Americans have been protesting police brutality and racism for six days, in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, EMT Breonna Taylor, jogger Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black Americans.
What they’re saying: One student was released from police custody early on Sunday after the Georgia NAACP announced it was “working to secure the release of these two local college students who were ripped from a vehicle and tased tonight in Atlanta.”
Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields, who made the decision to fire the officers alongside the mayor, called the body camera footage “really shocking to watch,” per AP.
A full video of the incident is below (caution: some people could consider the material to be somewhat graphic in nature):
FIRED: Two Atlanta Police officers were fired after video showed them pulling two college students out of their car, tasing them, and arresting the pair during protests Saturday night. https://t.co/YfRljXmUGG pic.twitter.com/9nNwPyOh8O
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) June 1, 2020