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Matthew Johns, 33, pleaded guilty on Wednesday of a serious abuse of the Atlanta incident in Atlanta, where he choked an unarmed 15-year-old until he became unconscious.

Atlanta agent admits that he has kicked and stifled an unarmed 15-year-old until he became unconscious during the arrest

  • Matthew Johns, 33, pleaded guilty on Wednesday of a serious abuse about the incident with the teenager in 2016
  • Johns was one of the officers who chased a suspected stolen BMW in September 2016 when they managed to stop the car
  • The 15-year-old passenger, identified as Antraveious Payne, left the car and lay on the floor with his hands up
  • Despite the teenager's surrender, Johns ran to the boy, kicked him in the head three times, and then pressed his knee to his neck
  • The boy fell unconscious and suffered several injuries during the trial
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A former Atlanta police officer has been guilty of kicking and suffocating an unarmed teenager to the point that he became unconscious while arresting him after a chase.

Matthew Johns, 33, pleaded guilty on Wednesday of a serious abuse about the incident with the teenager in 2016.

Johns, who was a veteran of the Atlanta Police Department for nine years before being fired in July 2017, is expected to be sentenced on July 29.

Matthew Johns, 33, pleaded guilty on Wednesday of a serious abuse of the Atlanta incident in Atlanta, where he choked an unarmed 15-year-old until he became unconscious.

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Matthew Johns, 33, pleaded guilty on Wednesday of a serious abuse of the Atlanta incident in Atlanta, where he choked an unarmed 15-year-old until he became unconscious.

Officers pursued a suspicious BMW stolen in September 2016 when a state trooper finally stopped the vehicle by hitting it from behind.

The 15-year-old passenger, identified as Antraveious Payne, left the car and lay on the floor with his hands up.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that despite the teenager's surrender, Johns ran to the boy and kicked him in the head three times.

He then pressed his knee into the teen's neck.

The boy fell unconscious and suffered several injuries during the trial, including cuts, bruises, neck stress and severe concussions.

Johns kicked the 15-year-old Antraveious Payne three times in the head and then pressed his knee into the teen's neck while arresting him for a stolen vehicle

Johns kicked the 15-year-old Antraveious Payne three times in the head and then pressed his knee into the teen's neck while arresting him for a stolen vehicle

The boy suffered several injuries during the trial
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The boy suffered several injuries during the trial

Johns kicked the 15-year-old Antraveious Payne three times in the head and then pressed his knee into the teen's neck while arresting him for a stolen vehicle. The boy suffered several injuries during the trial

The incident was recorded in the dashboard camera of the officer soldier.

Johns initially said in his report that he thought the boy was reaching for a gun, but that was prevented by other officers on the scene who said he had never resisted.

His fellow officers agreed to testify against him after viewing the dashcam footage.

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The teenager spoke to the court on Wednesday and said: "I forgive him for what he did to me, but I feel it is wrong and he must be punished for what he did".

Johns, who was also a former Marine, was placed during the administrative leave period during the investigation but was later fired.

Johns, who was a veteran of the Atlanta Police Department for nine years before being fired in July 2017, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29. He will be in court on Thursday

Johns, who was a veteran of the Atlanta Police Department for nine years before being fired in July 2017, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29. He will be in court on Thursday

Johns, who was a veteran of the Atlanta Police Department for nine years before being fired in July 2017, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29. He will be in court on Thursday

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