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ATLANTA — A college student dragged from a car by Atlanta police when she and her boyfriend were caught in traffic caused by a protest over the death of George Floyd said she feared the officers would kill them.
Dramatic body-camera video released by police shows a group of officers shouting orders, smashing the driver’s side window, deploying stun guns and pulling Pilgrim and Messiah Young from the sedan. Throughout, the couple can be heard screaming and asking officers what is happening.
The article goes on to state the following:
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference Sunday after reviewing body camera footage that she and police Chief Erika Shields decided to immediately fire two of the officers involved and place three others on desk duty pending investigation.
“Use of excessive force is never acceptable,” said Bottoms, while Shields said the footage was “really shocking to watch.”
“I still can’t even process what happened,” said Pilgrim on Monday. “We felt like we were going to die in that car.”
— Brittany Miller (@Brittm_tv) May 31, 2020
Here is the video. On LIVE TV the APD just broke car windows, slashed tires, tazed both passengers and arrested both passengers for NOTHING. RIPPED THEM OUT OF THER CAR. #AtlantaRiots #ATLFORUS #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/9XFDEdq7qr
— black lives matter (@imactuallynina) May 31, 2020
Messiah young and Taniyah pilgrim were just trying to help this man who was getting roughly detained for no reason. And the police chased their car and did what they do best. Brutality. They released the body cam footage and it shows how barbaric police are. pic.twitter.com/0wt5pU5Fkh
— Heidi Hastings (@heidi_hastings) June 1, 2020
Taniyah Pilgrim & Messiah Young were both released and the charges will be dropped. And 2 of the five APD officers involved were… say it with me: FIRED pic.twitter.com/MY1HWN0Kwg
— 6EYONCÉ (@andyzonesix) May 31, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: I talked to the woman seen getting tased and dragged out of her car by Atlanta police officers. The video has been seen around the world & led to 2 officers being fired. Watch the FULL interview with Taniyah Pilgrim on my IG pg: Brittmtv #news #atlanta #atl #interview pic.twitter.com/lIjpJ1kZK9
— Brittany Miller (@Brittm_tv) June 1, 2020
Spelman SGA stands in solidarity with Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young.
We will continue to keep you updated.
— Spelman College SGA (@SpelmanSGA) May 31, 2020
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