Atlanta police officers suspended after video shows Black woman kicked in head
As of Monday, the Atlanta Police sergeant is on unpaid suspension and a lower-ranking officer is on administrative leave, authorities said.
An Atlanta Police Sergeant has been suspended unpaid after being caught on video kicking a woman in the head.
The unidentified woman was handcuffed on her stomach after a domestic incident in a residential complex in the Peoplestown neighborhood.
An Atlanta Police sergeant is on unpaid suspension and a lower-ranking officer is on administrative leave after the sergeant was videotaped kicking a handcuffed woman in the head. (Instagram)
In the recorded clip, she seems to raise her head to say something to the sergeant, who then kicks her in the face.
The video was shared on an Instagram page called @atluncensored in a post alleging the woman spat on the nameless police officer's boots and pants.
Comments on the post ranged from words of support for the police sergeant to condemnation of his actions and requests for his dismissal.
A second, subordinate officer stood nearby; She was also taken on administrative leave on Monday, the day authorities became aware of the incident, the Atlanta Journal constitution reports.
"After reviewing the video, the sergeant's actions appear unacceptable and we are also concerned about the apparent lack of response from another officer who was present during the incident," Atlanta police said in a statement.
The incident is being investigated by the Department's Office of Professional Standards. "Chief (Rodney) Bryant will monitor the progress of this expedited investigation," they said, "and review the results to determine the correct course of action."
The APD policy on the use of force states: "The Atlanta Police Department recognizes and respects the value of human life and the right of people to be safe in themselves and their property."
“Sworn employees who, in the performance of their duties, find themselves in situations in which the use of force appears reasonably necessary to bring about arrest or imprisonment, to overcome resistance, to control a person or to protect themselves or others from injury or death will only use that violence that is appropriate and necessary to achieve legitimate ends. "
The handcuffed woman was reportedly not charged with charges, which officials were supposed to take to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.
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