Two black Atlanta police officers have been relieved of duty after one of them videoed the other brutally kicking a handcuffed mentally unstable woman in the head while she was on the ground during an arrest.
According to Atlanta Uncensored, the altercation happened on Monday when police were called to an apartment complex following reports of a woman pointing a gun at several people in the neighborhood. The woman who was involved is only identified as “Ashley.”
Sgt. Marc Theodule was caught on video viciously kicking the woman in the face as Officer Bridge Citizen unflinchingly stood by and watched it happen. It happened after she allegedly spat on Theodule’s boots and pants. The woman was partially undressed. That reportedly happened while she was resisting arrest. In the viral video that was taken by an anonymous bystander, a third officer walked onto the scene after the incident occurred.
The person who filmed the officer’s reaction claims that the episode was only one of a number of times the woman was kicked by officers. So far, there is no evidence of that.
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The Instagram video was captioned, “Do you think excessive force was used in this situation?”
Ashley is now saying she will sue the police department over the matter.
“They actually kicked her down the hill and she went rolling,” Ashley’s neighbor said, according to CBS46 in Atlanta. “She was spitting at the officer and then she had already spit on him once before but it didn’t get on him, so she spit on him again and it got on his boots and that’s when he decided to kick her in the face.”
The neighbor claims that she confronted Theodule over the kicking, “We was like why did you kick her? He was like I didn’t kick her, he didn’t even know that somebody was recording.”
The Atlanta Police Department quickly issued a statement that confirmed Police Chief Rodney Bryant had been notified of the video. The department swiftly condemned the actions of the officers. Theodule has reportedly been suspended without pay and Citizen has been put on desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.
“Officers became concerned with the female’s mental health and requested Grady EMS transport her to the hospital for evaluation. The female was not charged,” the statement reported. Theodule’s actions were deemed “unacceptable” by the department and they said they were “also concerned with the apparent lack of reaction from another officer present during the incident.”
According to CBS46, Ashley’s aunt Neil Gibson claims she has mental health problems and has been off her medications.
“It was a woman down on the ground in handcuffs, o man I am totally horrified, I’m speechless, not only that it’s a police officer,” proclaimed Gibson.
#Exclusive: I spoke to the family about the video who say they are Horrified. I also spoke to the witness who took the video who says the video doesn’t show the only time the woman was kicked by police. Details @cbs46 #video #APD pic.twitter.com/7OCuQ6x8Kx
— Jamie S Kennedy (@Jamie_S_Kennedy) July 27, 2021
Atlanta City Councilman and mayoral candidate Andre Dickens immediately released a statement after the video surfaced.
“I am sickened watching video of a handcuffed woman, lying face down, getting kicked in the head and I am glad that this sergeant has been relieved of his duties pending an investigation. I don’t want to imagine my mother, daughter or sister being treated this way by the police. The very police we entrust to protect our communities,” he said. “This woman should not have been kicked in the face. I support a fair, open and expedient process to determine appropriate penalties in this and other cases where officers have violated their oath of office.”
Theodule was sworn in as an officer back in June of 2009 and Citizen joined the department in Sept. 2006.
There was widespread outrage on Twitter and much of it had to do with race:
If this were a white cop this would be a national headline…
— Bryce Vestal (@bryce34090) July 27, 2021
uh oh they’re not gonna like the officer demographics on this one
— Olympic Vorty 🇺🇸 (@vortmax79) July 27, 2021
Let me guess, the cops were black…
Where is BLM? Or should I say, where is Black Lives DON’T Matter?
— Real USA America (@RealUSAAmerica) July 27, 2021
CNN realizing the cop is black pic.twitter.com/jr7gwo5Efn
— zack (@zackattack922) July 27, 2021
Where #BLM to protest this gross police brutality?
— Baelog Arthmael (@GSBaelog) July 27, 2021
how come race isn’t mentioned this time?
— This Is What (@I_See_You_Do) July 27, 2021
Libs: “Another example of racist cops. White supremacy at its worst.”
Libs: *watches video*
— CoryRuralReport (@CoryRuralReport) July 27, 2021
We rioting or nah??
— Mr. Andercyn (@HaveMercyOnEm) July 27, 2021
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