Man arrested for questioning police in Troy Davis Park

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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.

Child held in handcuffs at Edgewood Apts.

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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.

Atlanta Citizen Review Board Findings

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board is responsible for reviewing and investigating complaints against APD officers and determining if those officers were in the wrong. Since the board's creation, each complaint along with the ACRB's finding has been publicly available at http://acrbgov.org/ . Recently, the board's newly appointed interim executive director Sharese Shields ordered that all ACRB findings be removed from the site.

Copwatch and BLOCS Release Review Board Information To the Public

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.

Union City Police Refuse to Identify Themselves at Rally for Ariston Waiters

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On January 17th, 2012, Copwatchers requested the names and badge numbers of several officers who were monitoring a protest/rally in Union City. All but one refused to identify themselves, and most had their name tags and badges covered over by their jackets. 

The protest was regarding the recent police murder of Ariston Waiters by Officer Luther "Machine Gun" Lewis on December 14th, 2011.

Arrests and Police Violence During Occupy Atlanta Protest

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This is a rough edit of video recorded during the police actions against Occupy Atlanta protesters. It takes place in and around Troy Davis Park (previously known as Woodruff Park). The footage shows various protesters being arrested, sometimes violently. Several members of the press were arrested, and protesters reported being beaten and injured by police.

Officer on Motorcycle Rams Occupy Atlanta Protesters

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Nov 5th, 2011 11:25pm
Peachtree St. Near Troy Davis Park (previously known as Woodruff Park)
Activists with the Occupy Atlanta movement were marching on Peachtree street. An officer on a motorcycle attempted to drive through the crowd. The crowd did not move, and several protesters moved in front of the motorcycle. In response, the officer accelerated, ramming into the crowd. One of the protesters who was rammed was arrested and is reportedly charged with assault.

Another Motorcycle Cop Won't Give His Name

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Oct. 2nd, 2011 9:00pm
An unidentified officer on police motorcycle #27616, license plate GM0 005 refused to identify himself.  He claimed that he was busy, and that the observers were obstructing him by asking for his name.  He then stood idly for several minutes, and afterward actively engaged the observers in conversation.  Just before leaving, the officer pretended to identify himself, but deliberately throttled his engine to make himself inaudible.