On June 18th, 2012, "Ambassadors" at Troy Davis Park (a.k.a. Woodruff Park) tried to force a few chess players to leave the park. Ambassadors are private employees and do not have authority to force individuals to leave public property, so the chess players refused.
Atlanta Police were called to the scene, and Officer Thomas (#6178) ordered the chess players to leave. He threatened to arrest them for disorderly conduct if they refused to leave the public park.
May 22, 2012 - Sergeant Stephens (assignment# 3696) held a young boy in handcuffs during an investigation of a robbery. As we approached the scene, police were heard warning Stephens that he was being filmed. We initially assumed the boy was a suspect, but as soon as we arrived with cameras, Stephens took off the handcuffs and released the boy. It is unclear what - if any - justification there was for detaining him. It is also unclear why the officer felt physical restraints were necessary for someone who clearly posed no threat.
The Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) is charged with independently reviewing and investigating complaints against officers of the Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Department of Corrections. The ACRB was revived in 2007 after Atlanta Police Department officers killed English Avenue grandmother Kathryn Johnston, as she lay in her bed. Since its revival, the Board has investigated dozens of complaints and has repeatedly urged APD to hold officers accountable for misconduct.