A Georgia State Patrol trooper is being investigated after he was caught on video stomping on a suspect — who was armed and fled cops throughout a visitors cease, division officers stated.
Footage posted online Sunday confirmed the unnamed trooper delivering a “foot strike” to the facet of the suspect’s physique after his handgun fell from his waistband throughout a subsequent foot chase, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.
Jamarco Kintavious Lucas, of Decatur, was initially stopped whereas driving on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector, the place he was noticed driving a 2019 Dodge Challenger with no seatbelt.
But Lucas — who was needed in close by Rockdale County on a battery cost — drove off, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Lt. Mark Riley stated in a information release.
Lucas finally jumped out of his automobile and tried to flee on foot, Riley stated.
Another clip posted online exhibits the trooper deploying his stun gun as he chased Lucas via metropolis streets, hitting him as soon as and inflicting him to fall to the bottom.
That’s when the trooper stated he noticed a handgun fall from Lucas’ waistband, Riley stated.
Authorities stated Lucas then appeared to attempt to rise up whereas on the bottom, main the trooper to strike him along with his foot. The trooper was unaware on the time if Lucas was nonetheless armed, Riley stated. The trooper then discovered a handgun on the sidewalk between himself and a bystander.
The 27-year-old suspect was later charged with counts together with fleeing or trying to elude and possession of a firearm with an altered serial quantity, the Journal-Constitution reported.
Georgia State Patrol officers confirmed to ABC News that the movies posted on Twitter have been a part of its overview into the unnamed trooper’s use of drive. All such situations are documented and reviewed per Department of Public Safety coverage.
The overview had not been accomplished as of early Thursday, ABC News reported.
Some in Atlanta, in the meantime, insisted they have been disturbed by the footage, calling it a “clear case of excessive force” regardless of the suspect being armed, WSB-TV reported.
“I think that’s a clear case of excessive force. We have someone on the ground already. There’s no need to stomp on him,” activist Scotty Smart advised the station. “You could easily apprehend the suspect by simply placing handcuffs on him. Stomping on him two or three times looks like an emotional reaction.”