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Atlanta Police officer suspended after video of violent arrest surfaces

June 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Atlanta Police officer suspended after video of violent arrest surfaces

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Atlanta Police officials placed an officer on administrative leave after he was busted on camera beating a man in the head.

The video, which was recorded last week, was published on Facebook by Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“The officer involved has been relieved of duty and is on administrative leave,” Atlanta authorities revealed in a statement.

“Following the conclusion of an internal investigation, Chief Erika Shields will review the evidence to determine disciplinary action, if any,” the department added.

The Atlanta Police officer, whose identity has not been published, was attempting to arrest the man.

The footage shows a black man on the ground circled by four black officers. One of the cops, who tries to handcuff the suspect, is caught hitting the man twice, once on each side of his face.

Sir Maejor Page, the head of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, said the same officer also beat another black individual in May.

“He saw the victim pug something in his mouth, and slammed him to the ground because he wanted him to open his mouth,” Page said to the New York Post.

“He refused, so the officer beat the s— out of him. He was in the hospital in a coma, but is back home now,” he added.

Page insisted that the man on the video was not resisting arrest.

“We DEMAND an internal investigation and will aggressively seek immediate TERMINATION and expect CRIMINAL CHARGES to be filed against the officer,” the group announced in a statement.

Thursday’s episode comes in the midst of backlash for the racially charged use of force by officers.

In April, two cops in Gwinnett County, Georgia were fired after footage surfaced showing white cops kicking a black man during a traffic stop.

Months prior, surveillance footage of a police-involved shootout outside a police annex in Atlanta opposed a cop’s story that he was hanging halfway out of the car when he opened fire.

The family of that victim — Deaundre Phillips, 24 — called for the termination of the cop who fatally shot him in the head.

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