The protesters gathered around 6 p.m. near the 1500 block of Hardee Street outside Edgewood Courts Apartments following allegations that police used excessive force while arresting a man on Monday night. A cell phone video of that incident filmed by police watchdog group CopWatch shows several officers hitting a man with batons and using pepper spray after the suspect resisted arrest.
An APD statement said that an "angry mob of people" went after police vehicles that were dispatched to investigate the gathering, damaging two vehicles with "fists, bricks, and even a hammer." Spokesman Carlos Campos told CL that no formal complaints regarding the alleged police brutality had been filed yet.
Anthony Jenkins, the stepfather of the man who was arrested Monday night, told CBS Atlanta he was attacked by police after asking why a family member had been arrested. He also said that more than a dozen police cars had showed up on Monday evening.
"They beat him, beat him in the head with batons, he's got a blood clot in his eye and I don't know if he has gotten treatment since they locked him up," Jenkins told CBS Atlanta.
Campos said police officers left the scene and reconvened at a nearby MARTA station to avoid escalating the situation. So far, one person that police say hit a squad car with his fist has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Officers are still investigating who threw the bricks.
APD Deputy Chief Renee Propes said that she plans to open an investigation into the matter. There's a press conference regarding the incident at 3 p.m. We'll post an update once that's over.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: APD Police Chief George Turner said in a press conference that no formal complaints have been filed at this time. He also said that the APD has launched an official investigation to determine if there was any misconduct by its police officers.
The chief also walked through Monday and Tuesday night's events. He declined to elaborate on ongoing investigations into suspects responsible for damaging the squad cars.
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