August 30th, 2011 6:45pm near Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta
An officer was conducting a traffic stop. When asked to identify himself, he asked "Why?" and then refused to give his name and assignment number, in violation of APD policy.
By reviewing our footage frame-by-frame, we were able to determine that the officer's name tag reads "Shackleford".
Police responded to a shooting in an Edgewood apartment complex. They raided what appears to be the wrong apartment. No weapons or illegal activity were found. A witness recorded cell phone video of part of the raid before Copwatch arrived on the scene. We were told that prior to the beginning of the video, police pointed automatic rifles at the apartment residents inside.
On March 3rd, 2011 at least 50 APD officers performed a major raid on a house on Foote St. Copwatch had observed police harassment at this location previously. Police were from Zone 6 as well as REDDOG, a unit notorious for aggressive paramilitary-style tactics. Some officers wore ski masks and held automatic weapons.
On Feb 18th, 2011, an observer captured video of police arresting a man on Foote St. for no clear reason. He was reportedly slammed against a police car hard enough to make a dent, and then charged with damaging the car. The officer shown conducting the arrest has a reputation in the neighborhood for pulling over drivers and detaining pedestrians for questionable reasons.
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Atlanta police officers illegally seized a camera from activists who were filming a drug raid, and sought to destroy the footage. That's the basis of the complaint Copwatch of East Atlanta made against the Atlanta Police Department, and now the department has offered a settlement to avoid a lawsuit.
"All we were doing was filming the police in a public place, very calmly and peacefully. And their response was to grab me, push me around and steal my camera," said Marlon Kautz, a member of Copwatch.