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.
Jan 4th 2013 7:23AM
The APD APEX Unit (formerly REDDOG) raided a house in the Edgewood neighborhood.
Tear gas caused coughing and irritation in the surrounding area. Witnesses say flashbang grenades were used inside the house.
Police searched the house and seized items, but no weapons were ever seen. However the SWAT police were equipped with assault rifles, armor and gas masks. It's unclear what (if anything) prompted such overwhelming force in this raid.
The residents were forced out of the house in their pajamas and made to lie on the pavement in 30 degree weather.