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ATLANTA POLICE; ; 2 officers fired after video shows rough arrest

Jun 01, 2020 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms apologized Sunday for what she said was clearly excessive force used by Atlanta police in the arrest of two young African Americans during protests Saturday night over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

Bottoms said she ordered the firings of two of the five officers involved in the traffic stop after reviewing the body camera footage with police Chief Erika Shields. The other three officers are on desk duty, pending an investigation.

Bottoms also ordered the discipline after she and Shields spoke with presidents of the Atlanta University Center Consortium on Sunday. The two victims were Spelman College student Teniyah Pilgrom, 20, and Morehouse College graduate Messiah Young,...