Atlanta Police Officer Suspended For 20 Days After Violent Arrest Video

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ATLANTA – One of the officers allegedly involved in a controversial arrest last week has been suspended for 20 days, officials confirm.

It’s comes after Atlanta Police officer Quinton Green was captured on video hitting a man, Rickey Williams, in the face while trying to place Williams in handcuffs. The video of the arrest, filmed by someone affiliated with the Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta group, was posted to Facebook and subsequently went viral.

In a statement following the announcement of the Green’s suspension, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said she believed the “manner in which the incident unfolded was avoidable” because of the number of officers present. Her full statement read:

“Policing can be a difficult job, even under the best of circumstances. When an individual chooses to resist arrest, it can be even more difficult, unappealing and sometimes ugly.

The Atlanta Police Department is committed to policing in a fair and equitable manner. When incidents such as these are brought to our attention, we have an obligation to review whether the use of force was reasonable by taking numerous factors into consideration.

In this case, I believe the manner in which the incident unfolded was avoidable, as the officer was not alone and had appropriate backup, allowing him to take a different approach to the arrest. That being said, having served as a street-level cop, I know from experience that mistakes are made when split second decisions are made.

The officer has accepted responsibility for his actions, and will receive a 20-day suspension. Further, the department will examine the practices of the unit as a whole, and ensure that adequate supervision is in place. Additional training will be required of all officers assigned to the zones who work in a plain clothes capacity to ensure that we are operating in a defensible space.”

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  • uKatamitt

    Whatever happened to yes, Sir, no, Sir!? Was it the 80s..?

    • Shawn

      You’re right, these law enforcement employees who work for us should show a lot more respect that what we see today.

  • Hearseman

    No matter what the circumstances were, the office should be in jail just like a citizen would be.Assult is assult!

  • Lynette R. Trudeau

    They reevaluate their training