On May 31st a civilian was at Cobb County Jail visiting a friend when an arrest occurred outside. He began filming with his cell phone. One police officer responded by pointed his handgun at the civilian and ordered him to stop filming and to go back inside the jail. Once inside a detective and other police officials approached him and coerced him into handing over his phone so they could copy the footage, threatening him with arrest if he didn't comply. After getting his phone back from the detective he found that the footage had been deleted off of his phone.
July 23, 2013 3:00pm
On May 11th, 2013 Atlanta Police (APD) conducted a roadblock on Mayson Ave and Hardee St in the Edgewood Neighborhood. A man who lived a few houses down from the roadblock parked in front of his house and was going inside when officers came from the intersection and began demanding his ID. The man did not pass through the roadblock and did not feel he needed to comply. He was peppersprayed before he entered his house and a SWAT team was called. A standoff ensued.
Copwatch was surprised to read in East Atlanta Patch that the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association had censured our organization, and we were shocked to see the reasons they cited. All three of the accusations against Copwatch are false, and it's troubling that they got this far before we were given a chance to address them. Hopefully we can dispel them now:
May 6th, 2013
A young man was stopped by Lt. Johnson on Mayson Ave near Hardee St, suspected of committing a robbery. When the young man exercised his constitutional right to remain silent, Lt. Johnson responded by cuffing him and driving him away in a squad car. Johnson was heard saying "You don't want to talk, so we have to go talk to the people who said they saw you."
He was transported several blocks away and held along with another young man for about an hour. Eventually both were released when witnesses said that neither of them had committed the crime.