The video begins with the woman's frightened daughter crying and running towards the person filming the arrest. In the background, the mother can be seen struggling with the officer.
A video of an officer using excessive force while attempting the arrest of a Black woman recently went viral. The video shows an Atlanta police officer beating the woman as well as tasering her all in front of her young child. As per reports, the officer used excessive force to arrest her for a speeding ticket.
The woman, who has been identified as Maggie Thomas, was in her car which was parked behind her apartment complex with her young 4-year-old child when a white officer approached her. According to reports of the incident which took place on May 1, the officer was on the lookout for the make and model of the car that Thomas happened to be sitting in.
On May 1, 2018, Maggie Thomas was punched in the face, body slammed, and tased multiple times by an Atlanta Police Officer in Zone 6 in front of her four year-child. She was contacted by Police for a simple speeding ticket. #MaggieThomas #justicefighter #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/24h58CT6Yy— Gerald A. Griggs (@AttorneyGriggs) May 11, 2019
Several sites report that Thomas grew irritated when the officer asked her if the car was hers and advised her not to drive it since it was not insured. Following the interaction, the officer left and returned shortly after, armed with a warrant for her arrest regarding an old speeding ticket.
https://t.co/0NPEd0YIgF— Anthony L. (@anthony9843) May 13, 2019
With release of new video...this article of what police reported was ALL a complete lie.
Never was arrest warrant
Never bit officer
Same ol shit...to cover up police brutality#MaggieThomas#BLM#Atlanta
Reports also state that the officer proceeded to put handcuffs on Thomas's hand while she clung to her daughter and her cellphone in the other hand. During the skirmish, Thomas called 911 and the officer waited for backup to arrive. Thomas then began to honk her horn and yelled to get her neighbors' attention.
The video of her consequent arrest begins with Thomas's frightened daughter crying and running towards the person filming the incident. In the background, the mother can be seen struggling with the officer. She can be heard saying: "Are you trying to kill me?" as the officer tried restraining her.
Speeding? Everyone speeds in ATL. Tased her several times. Int'l ct considers 1 time inhumane. He used stealth technique that places device close to body so prongs do not eject and he can deny using taser except its recorded. Showed no sensitivity to child. #PTSD #ChildAbuse— Gilliam Report (@GilliamReport) May 11, 2019
The arresting report by the officer claimed that the use of excessive force was required after Thomas had allegedly bitten the officer. That was also the supposed moment he punched her in the face which caused the mother to fall on the ground. The officer is also seen using his Taser on Thomas multiple times and she can be heard crying out in pain, while her daughter yelled in the background.
Eventually, other officers arrived at the scene and took Thomas into custody. The incident report by the Atlanta police describes Thomas as the aggressor. However, Thomas's attorney Gerald Griggs argued that a medical examination was conducted on the officer and it did not present any visible marks on him.
I’m old. By the year 2020 I was sure that this would be a thing of the past.— Vi (@oinkeryonbase) May 12, 2019
Despite the unnecessary use of physical force, Thomas was still charged with physical obstruction and disorderly conduct. She was treated for a swollen left eye.
The officer has not yet been identified but has reportedly been placed on administrative leave while the arrest is reviewed by the Office of Professional Standards.