TSR Updatez: Roommates, two college students caught the attention of the nation after footage of their arrest in Atlanta showed six officers using excessive force. Those officers are now facing a number of criminal charges!
According to AJC News, the six officers seen on video pulling 20-year-old Spelman student Taniyah Pilgrim and 22-year-old Morehouse student Messiah Young from their vehicle will be required to turn themselves in to the police by June 5th. The officers are reportedly facing charges including aggravated assault, simple battery, criminal damage to property, and pointing or aiming a gun.
If you all recall, Officers Ivory Streeter, Mark Gardner, Lonnie Hood, Willie Sauls, Armond Jones, and Ronald Claud, were seen pulling over a vehicle in Atlanta. Shortly after, they could be seen tasing the students, as well as excessively pulling them from their vehicle.
District Attorney Howard has determined that both Taniyah and Messiah were innocent, and did not deserve to be treated so aggressively by the officers. In fact, Howard said the students were “extremely innocent.”
“My investigation concluded they were so innocent almost to the point of being naive,” Howard said. “The conduct in this incident isn’t indicative of the way we treat people in the city of Atlanta and it certainly isn’t indicative of how we treat out children.”
Although an indictment has not yet taken place, the video evidence was so graphic, that District Attorney Howard was able to bring charges against the officers beforehand. He also said he will ask a judge to grant a $10,000 signature bond.
As we previously reported, two of the officers have already been terminated.