Two Atlanta PD Officers Fired for Using Excessive Force During Protests

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Sunday that two of the city’s police officers were fired after video showed them using excessive force on two college students during Saturday’s protests.

Video shows the officers breaking the windows of a car that two people were in. The video then shows the woman being yanked and dragged from the car while the man inside the car is tased.

Atlanta’s Police Chief said she recognized the two in the car as college students from Spellman and Morehouse, two HBCUs in Atlanta. The woman in the car, Taniyah Pilgrim, 20, called the incident “the worst experience in my life”.

Mayor Bottoms said she was disturbed by the video, adding “As we watch the video today, it became abundantly clear immediately with the young woman that this force was excessive. It also became abundantly clear that the officer who tased this man needed to be terminated as well.”