Atlanta, GA – Two Atlanta police officers were immediately fired after video went viral showing them tasing two people during Saturday night’s riot.
It’s not clear what happened before the camera started recording the officers, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wasn’t forthcoming with the details.
The video shows that a group of five officers had a vehicle stopped for unknown reasons.
As they were trying to get the two occupants out of the vehicle, the car drove forward for several feet and then stopped again.
One officer continued to try to pull the passenger out of the vehicle as the car lurched forward a second time.
Officers then punctured a tire, and two officers drew their Tasers.
An officer deployed his Taser, then the driver and passenger both tried pulling on the wires. The officer was then able to get the passenger out of the vehicle.
The driver refused to get out of the vehicle, and resisted efforts of officers to pull him out.
Officers broke out the driver’s window and tased him. The police were then able to drag him out of the car.
At a press conference Sunday, Mayor Bottoms made and announcement about the incident.
“Some time during the night, I saw very disturbing video of two young college students who were in downtown Atlanta yesterday evening,” Mayor Bottoms said. “Our officers are working very long hours are under a very high amount of stress, but the use of force is never acceptable.”
“There clearly was an excessive use of force,” Mayor Bottoms declared.
The mayor said that she reviewed the body camera footage with the chief, and that two of the involved officers were immediately fired. The other three officers are on desk duty while they are under investigation.
Mayor Bottoms said that the bodycam footage would be released soon.
You can see the video of the incident below: