Fulton County DA Issues Charges, Warrants For Officers Who Stunned Atlanta College Students
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced charges Tuesday against two now-terminated Atlanta police officers and four others involved in an assault on two college students during a protest in Atlanta.
Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young were pulled out of their car and stunned with Tasers on live television during a protest in Atlanta Saturday night.
The couple was not participating in the protest and were out getting food, according to their attorney.
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Two APD officers, Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter, were previously fired.
Other officers involved were Lonnie Hood, Willie Sauls, E. Armond Jones and F. Roland Claud. Their charges range from aggravated assault, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and pointing a gun.
Howard said he had “outstanding cooperation” from the APD in deciding the charges. Officers have until Friday evening to turn themselves in. Howard asked they have a $10,000 signature bond due to the coronavirus pandemic and to help limit people in jail.
Howard said Young, a Morehouse College student, suffered a fractured arm and received 24 stitches from the incident with police.
Young said officers punched him more than 10 times after he was stunned.
“I feel a little safer now that these monsters are off the streets and no longer able to terrorize anyone else,” he said.
Pilgrim is a Spelman student and she also spoke out about the incident.
“I’m so happy they’re being held accountable for their actions because there wasn’t one justifiable thing to make them do something like that,” she said.