Dozens took to the streets this week to demand that the Atlanta Police Division launch full physique digicam video exhibiting the ultimate moments of a 62-year-old man’s life earlier than he was tased.
Johnny Holman was taken into custody after a minor site visitors accident on August 10 on the intersection of Cunningham Road and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. Atlanta police stated he turned “agitated and uncooperative” and used a stun gun on him.
Holman was handcuffed, and police later realized he was unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital the place he died.
In early September, APD shared physique digicam video with Holman’s youngsters, his spouse and their lawyer at Metropolis Corridor.
Legal professional Mauli Davis stated Holman appeared on the video asking the sergeant to reply for dialogue.
“The officer tells him, ‘You are going to signal the ticket, or you are going to go to jail,'” Davis stated. “(Holman) tried to increase his hand to signal the ticket, and the officer grabbed him by the arm and started detaining him and throwing him to the bottom, and you may hear Mr. Holman pleading with him to cease.”
Because the officer was tasing Holman, “He was like, ‘I am unable to breathe,'” Davis stated. “I am unable to breathe. I am unable to breathe. Assist me.'”
“If not you, then who,” stated Arnitra Holman, Holman’s daughter. “It may very well be any one in all us or any of our family members. We by no means thought we might be right here doing this for our father in 1,000,000 years.”
APD has not stated whether or not it plans to launch the video.
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After conducting an inside analysis of the interplay, the division issued this assertion:
“Under the direction of Mayor Dickens, APD performed a complete analysis of the interplay with Mr. Holman, together with a evaluation of the division’s commonplace working procedures and coaching curriculum. Because of this evaluation, there have been updates to APD’s commonplace working procedures concerning site visitors citations to permit officers to put in writing “refuse to signal” within the signature line as an alternative of creating the arrest.
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