“#Atlanta cop put on desk duty after protester says she was body-slammed”
June 8, 2020 | 4:41pm
Police said the unnamed officer was taken off the streets as they investigate claims of him using excessive force on Amber Jackson, 24, who says her shoulder was broken and clavicle fractured during the May 29 encounter in Buckhead.
Video from a bystander showed the cop removing Jackson from her car after she attended a protest in the early morning hours of May 30.
Jackson said she moved a barrier near Lennox Square so she and her fiance could get home, but then the cop yanked her out of the car and threw her down.
“My shoulder is broken. My clavicle is fractured,” Jackson told news station 11Alive.
Jackson was not arrested, but she was cited for disorderly conduct, according to her attorney Mawuli Davis.
Police claimed in a statement that the incident occurred when the women refused police orders to get out of the vehicle.
“He attempted to get her out of the car and the two struggled. During her effort to resist the arrest, the officer had to force her to the ground to get her in handcuffs,” the statement said.
Jackson’s attorney has called for the officer who detained Jackson to be fired as well as for Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields to resign.
“If Chief Shields can’t hold her officers accountable, then she needs to be held accountable,” Davis said.
With Post wires
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