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2 Fired Atlanta Cops Sue Mayor, Chief For Firing Them Without Due Process


Atlanta, GA – Two former Atlanta police officers who were fired after video of them pulling college students out of a car during a curfew enforcement during the George Floyd riots have filed suit against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the now-former police chief.

The incident occurred on May 30 and was captured on bodycam video that showed multiple Atlanta police officers pulling a driver and his passenger out of car after the car initially fled from police, FOX News reported.

The mayor and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced the termination of Atlanta Police Investigators Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter on May 31.

On June 2, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard charged Gardner and Streeter with aggravated assault, and filed charges against four other Atlanta police officers who had been involved in the incident, FOX News reported.

Streeter is also facing charges for pointing a gun at the driver of the car.

Chief Shields initially suspended the other four officers pending investigation, according to FOX News.

The police chief has since resigned amid the fallout from the fatal officer-involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks Friday night.

On June 10, the police department announced the termination of two more of the officers in connection with the May 30 incident, WSB reported.

Officials confirmed that Atlanta Police Officers Lonnie Hood and Armond Jones had also been terminated.

Hood, a 29-year veteran of the department who discharged his Taser multiple times during the incident, is charged with aggravated assault (assault with a deadly weapon) on the driver and aggravated assault and simple battery on the passenger, WSB reported.

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