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Six Atlanta Police Officers Charged After Violent Arrest of HBCU Students

Six police officers in Atlanta, Georgia, were on Tuesday charged following the violent arrest Saturday of two Black students from the historically Black Spelman and Morehouse colleges amid protests against the death of George Floyd, reported the Daily News.

Fulton County district attorney Paul HowardFulton County district attorney Paul Howard

The students, Taniyah Pilgrim, 20, and Messiah Young, 22, were sitting in their car in traffic when police officers smashed their vehicle windows, tased and then pulled them out of their car and cuffed them. Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner, the two police officers directly involved were fired a day later. Three other officers were placed on desk duty.

Streeter and Gardner, and two other police officers, Lonnie Hood and Willie Sauls, were charged with aggravated assault. A fifth police officer, Armond Jones, was charged with aggravated battery, and a sixth, Roland Claud, was charged with criminal damage to property.

β€œIt was a vicious act β€” the tazing,” Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard said at a news conference. β€œIt went on for some time.”

β€œI’m so happy that they’re being held accountable,” Pilgrim said at the news conference.

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