A police officer in the suburbs of Atlanta was released after an internal investigation revealed that he had used unnecessary force to arrest a black man for possession of a firearm – which was actually the man. District policeman David Rose was indicted on administrative charges of ill-treatment or unnecessary violence during the arrest of Desmond Marrow, a 30-year-old former NFL player. Chief Mark Amerman said in a statement released on Facebook on Thursday that he agreed with the findings of the investigation and fired Rose.
"The Henry County police maintain their mission to serve and protect, and do not tolerate this type of behavior from their officers," the statement said.
Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo also said in a statement Thursday that no crime was brought against Mark. Marrow had been arrested on charges of terrorist threats, the obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and aggressive driving.
A magistrate has already rejected the terrorist threats, and the charges of misdemeanor will be handed to a Attorney General's Review, Pattillo said.
Rose could not be reached immediately for a comment. Mark on April 26 posted a video to Facebook that showed three policemen from Henry County who brought him down and arrested him crying and screaming and telling them he was not resisting. He said the officers beat him to the ground and strangled him until he fainted.
"During the arrest, the police broke my teeth, knocked me on the head and woke me until I was unconscious," he wrote in Facebook post.
In the video, it's unclear whether Marrow has lost consciousness , He said he also suffered a shoulder injury and a concussion.
"It affected me mentally and influenced my life in ways that I can not even describe humanely," Marrow wrote. "This is not a cry for sympathy, I just have to know … my scream is for JUSTICE."
*** ATTENTION *** to anyone who sees this post, #Share #how … please help me to hear my voice !!! I was falsely arrested and arrested in # Atlanta #Georgia #HenryCounty by the Henry County Police. I just had my phone in my possession and they claimed to be scared for their lives. I had no weapon in my possession, I was arrested because I had a gun that was my phone. During the arrest, the police beat my teeth, slammed me on the head, and strangled me until I was unconscious. I also suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion, along with my wife's heartache, which left me during these very hard times for my brief encounters and careless acts. It affected me mentally and influenced my life in ways that I can not even describe humanely. This is not a call for sympathy, I just have to know. , , My cry is for JUSTICE. They threw me in isolation and called me a gang member because of my tattoos. I fully cooperated with the officers with zero resistance. I thought I would die. I was sure I passed out or died when Officer # D.Rose choked me while my breath escaped. Henry County Police Department tried to keep me quiet, but as soon as they found out that I was a former #NFLplayer, and there was a video of the incident, they then tried to drop my charges. They basically tried to get me to sell my soul in exchange for not posting the video, and they would drop all the crimes and clear my records. They said that I oppose the detention, that I was out of control and spat out and attacked the officers. But GOD has recorded it and I have PROOF! You know the truth, take a little time to make lies travel faster. They locked me up and gave me no attachment that gave me NO voice. YOU, boys, are my voice, I need your help. I have not slept on the floor I can not get work with these #Felonies I lost my gym all my clients & training kids are my passion thats all i wana i can not pay my kid support i would like to see my son i would do any Kind of take love Bruh, it's real at the moment #Repost #Share #How #Repost @theshaderoom @ troubleman31 @ fox5ny @ sharonlfox5 @drtifanycrutcher @damariosolomonsimmons @real_sharpton #BlackLivesMatter
Posted by Desmond Marrow on Thursday, April 26th, 2018
In the Facebook post, Marrow asked social media users to help him to give him a voice: "Please help me to hear my voice !!!" Marrow's past when a professional football player could help him with it. Mark was inducted into the pre-season of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, according to NFL.com
Amerman said in the statement that the department had "promised to find the truth for Desmond Marrow," no matter what the truth was. The investigation revealed that Rose was being recorded on his car video camera system, that he was suffocating Marrow, but that he would not include that information in his report, Amerson said.
The investigation revealed that another officer, Matt Donaldson, acted "It is important to note what the short mobile video does not show – that's the degree of Mr Marrow's resistance while the officers arrested him and the combat officers occurred while trying. " [Am.] Amerson wrote, "This is what police officers learn when they can not gain control of a suspect," he wrote.
WXIA reported that the arrest may have been caused by a dispute between Marrow and another driver, and the police station described a police report on Dec. 2 stating that someone in another vehicle was throwing coffee in Marrow's car and driving the car out to a mall outside
The report said a police officer had watched the incident and responded to the scene where a witness said he heard Marrow threatening "shoot her" after the station.
It said that officers asked Marrow if he had a gun and he said no and that the officers could not find one
Still, the broadcaster reported, Policemen arrested him on charges of harming him.
It's unclear when the video was shot, but it involves a police officer warning Mark Mark a stun gun
"I'm not doing anything, I'm not even fighting back." Marrow, handcuffed seemed to scream, as two policemen pushed him against a white pickup truck. One of the officers held Marrow's arms behind his back and the other officer pulled his legs out from under him and quickly brought him down.
Marrow screamed as his body hit the concrete.
"Oh my god," he said crying. "I did not do anything."
One spectator who seemed to film the scene said, "That's incredible, man."
When Marrow continued to fight and shout at the officers, one of them squeezed his throat. Mark made sobbing sounds and said to the officers in a panicked, high voice, "I can not breathe."
A third officer knelt down and told him to "settle down".
After the incident One of the policemen patted his chest and said, "Alright?"
Marrow wrote on Facebook that he had shown "zero resistance" during the arrest:
"I thought I was going to die, I was sure I would pass out or die when Officer # D. Rose choked Henry County Police Department I tried to keep quiet, but when they found out that I was a former #NFLplayer, there was a video of the incident and then they tried to drop my charges They basically tried to get me to sell my soul in return for not posting the video, and they would drop all the crimes and erase my records, saying that I oppose arrest, but GOD took it and I have PROOF! You know the truth takes a little longer to make lies travel faster. "
Mark did not respond immediately on a request for comment by the Washington Post on Thursday.
The case is still under investigation by the district attorney's office, wrote Amerson.
"The Henry County Police Department is confident that this is an isolated case and is not a reflection of the many dedicated officers who daily fulfill the duties of their office and often put their lives on the line keeping our community safe" he wrote. "In the future, we will continue to provide the necessary training to ensure that our officials comply with the high standards of the Henry County Police Department."
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