April 21st, 2013 11am
Two MARTA police officers (Officers Jann and Huff) stopped 3 young men as they were leaving the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station. The cops stopped them, ordered them to sit on the ground, and then questioned them. Finding nothing suspicious, the 3 were allowed to leave. But within a few minutes, they were stopped again by more police. This time they were held for over 2 hours and interrogated by APD Officer C Jones about a supposed purse-snatching which had happened the previous day.
Octavious Mcghee was attacked and beaten by APD officers on Monday, April 8th 2013. His arrest and brutal treatment was the incident which set off waves of protest from the Edgewood Court community, including the arrest of Nakia Jenkins and Cory Hill, both of whom were also beaten. In this video, he gives a candid interview and explains exactly what happened on that day.
April 08, 2013
The first segment of video shows a youth being carried by officers after he was reportedly beaten by Officer Hall (#6728).
A crowd gathered and objected to the violence, and Lt. MJA Lewis (#3211) responded by attacking a man and woman in the crowd. They were both thrown to the ground, pepper-sprayed, and beaten while on the ground. The man was struck in the head, and has suffered a blood clot in his eye and other medical problems related to the beating.
Finally, the father of the woman who was arrested speaks out about the abuse of his daughter and son-in-law.
March 19th, 2013
Edgewood Courts Apartment, Edgewood, Atlanta, GA
Copwatch arrived to a scene where police were trying to prevent black youths from gathering in large groups in public. By the time we arrived, 10-12 cops were present, along with an APD helicopter, which buzzed the area extremely low, apparently in an effort to intimidate civilians in the area.
Based on eyewitness interviews, here is what we learned had happened:
The same cop is shown in two separate instances ignoring requests to identify himself. In both cases he acknowledges the speaker by looking directly at or talking to them. But when asked to identify himself, he either pretends not to hear or blatantly ignores the request.
APD officers have been criticized for refusing to identify themselves to civilians in the past. Most notably, a federal judge ordered APD to ensure that police identify themselves to the public.