Cop Threatens Kids With Shotgun

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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:

Officer Munson Wants To Be Anonymous

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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.

SWAT Raid at Wesley Ave Home

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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.

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.

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.

APD Policy Manual Published

Copwatch has published the Atlanta Police Department Policy Manual in order to give civilians information they need to fight police abuse. The manual includes all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which APD officers are required to abide by.