Two Atlanta officers have been taken on leave after being filmed kicking a woman in the head as she lay handcuffed on the ground during an arrest.
The incident took place Monday afternoon when police were called to an apartment in Summerhill, Atlanta for a domestic incident Atlanta uncensored, who posted the images online.
According to the Instagram account, the woman was kicked in the face by one of the officers after spitting on his boots and pants while lying with her hands cuffed behind her back.
The footage has sparked outrage online, with the witness who filmed it said it captured just one of many times the woman was kicked by the officers.
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Two Atlanta officers have been granted leave after being filmed kicking a woman in the head as she lay handcuffed on the ground during an arrest.
The seven-second video shows the woman lying face down on the ground next to a pair of parked cars with two officers – a man and a woman – standing over her.
The woman, partially undressed, raises her head towards the male officer who then kicks her in the head with his right foot.
A sob can be heard in the footage as his boot hits the woman’s face.
The female officer does not appear to be responding or making any attempt to stop the incident.
A third officer then comes along the side of the patrol car to the scene as the footage ends.
“Do you think excessive force was used in this situation?” reads the caption on the social media video.
Both the woman and the cop who kicked her are black.
The identities of the officers have not been released, while the woman has been named as ‘Ashley’ by her family.
Ashley’s neighbor, who took the footage and did not want to be identified, told… CBS46 she saw the police kick her more than once.
The incident took place Monday afternoon when police were called to an apartment in Summerhill, Atlanta for a domestic incident, according to Atlanta Uncensored. The woman was kicked in the face by the male officer after she allegedly spit on his boots and pants
The female officer does not appear to be responding or making any attempt to stop the incident. Next, a third officer is seen coming down the side of the patrol car to the scene (above)
“They kicked her down the hill and she started rolling,” she said.
“She spat at the officer and then she’d already spit on him once but it didn’t get to him so she spat on him again and it got on his boots and then he decided to kick her in the face,” she said.
The neighbor said she spoke to the officer about the incident.
“We were like why did you kick her, he was like I wasn’t kicking her, he didn’t even know someone was recording,” she said.
The Atlanta Police Department released a statement Monday confirming that Police Chief Rodney Bryant had been informed of the video “in which an Atlanta Police Sergeant kicks a woman in the head.”
Ashley’s Aunt Nell Gibson told CBS46 she was ‘shocked’ at the treatment of her cousin, who she says suffers from mental health issues and is habitually on medication
Police said the incident unfolded when officers were called to 35 Haygood Avenue around 12:30 p.m. due to reports of a woman walking around pointing a gun at several people.
Officers arrived on the scene and arrested the woman, police said.
“The officers were concerned about the woman’s mental health and asked Grady EMS to transport her to the hospital for an examination. The woman was not charged,” the statement read.
The Atlanta Police Department released a statement Monday confirming that Police Chief Rodney Bryant (above) was made aware of the video
Atlanta PD denounced the actions of the police and said both officers involved had been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.
The actions of the sergeant who kicked the woman were “unacceptable”, while the department said it was “also concerned about the apparent lack of response from another officer who was present during the incident”.
The sergeant was placed on unpaid suspension while the officer was placed on administrative assignment.
“It was a woman on the ground handcuffed, oh man, I’m totally shocked, I’m speechless, not just that it’s a police officer,” she said.
“Ashley has some mental health issues that we thought she was off the meds because she’s acting a little insane.”
The Atlanta Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards is leading the investigation that will be expedited before the chief of police determines the appropriate course of action against the officers.
The incident comes at a time when police brutality is in the spotlight. Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe (left) shot and killed black man Rayshard Brooks (right) at a Wendy’s on June 12, 2020
Bodycam footage (above) showed the moments leading up to Brooks’ death. Brooks ran and was shot twice by Rolfe as he turned to fire the Taser in Rolfe’s direction
The incident comes at a time when police brutality is in the spotlight following the 2020 murder of George Floyd by white cop Derek Chauvin and a series of police killings of black men and women across America.
Less than a month after Floyd’s murder, Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe shot and killed black man Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s.
Rolfe, 27, shot Brooks, also 27, twice in the back when he ran away from agents outside the Atlanta, Georgia fast food chain on June 12, 2020.
White cop and fellow cop Devin Brosnan, 26, had been called to the drive-thru by customers who said a man was asleep at the wheel.
A scuffle broke out as officers attempted to arrest him, with Brooks grabbing Brosnan’s taser and pointing him behind him in the direction of the police.
Black Lives Matter protesters descended on Atlanta City Hall in May after local police officer Garrett Rolfe recovered.
Rolfe, a six-year-old police veteran, was charged with 11 charges in Brooks’ death, including murder.
He was also fired by the Atlanta Police Department a day after the deadly shooting.
In May, Atlanta police reinstated Rolfe in the department, saying the fired officer “had not been given his right to a fair trial.”
He is now on administrative leave because the terms of his bail mean he cannot possess a firearm or be near other police officers.
His recovery sparked renewed protests in the Atlanta community demanding justice for Brooks and his family.