A recent video shared on Twitter shows Atlanta police involved in a brawl with residents before making arrests.
That’s drawn a swift reaction from the city’s NAACP branch. Incident reports by the Atlanta Police Department say police were attempting to arrest a resident on drug charges after he ran multiple red lights.
A car wreck on the northwest side of Atlanta led to a foot chase and later two arrests. But between the chase and actual arrest, a chaotic scuffle ensues. The police officer has a fistfight with the suspect, tases him, shoves a woman to the ground, and is shoved to the ground himself.
The officer was later taken to the hospital for a dislocated pinky which occurred during the fight. The woman in the video was later identified as the suspect’s mom.
Atlanta NAACP President Richard Rose said the suspects benefited by being in Atlanta and the result of the situation is actually a positive.
“Instead of pulling his Taser, he could’ve pulled his firearm,” Rose said. “The good thing about it is that they were black policemen. In another jurisdiction, with white police officers and black defendants, somebody would’ve died.”
Rose said they are planning to meet with the Atlanta police chief to discuss the video. But he emphasized the civil rights group doesn’t condone violence by either side.
An Atlanta police spokesperson said in a statement they are investigating the incident to make sure no departmental policies were violated.