Mawuli Davis (left), a lawyer representing Amber Jackson (center), announced a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta and two police officers. Jackson was slammed with a body while being arrested on May 29, 2020. (Photo: Valencia Jones)
ATLANTA, Georgia (CW69 news at 10) – Attorneys for Amber Jackson, a dental hygienist, say there is no other option but to file another lawsuit against the city of Atlanta. They are also suing Atlanta Police Officers Cody Swanger and Jeremiah Brandt over a body slamming incident on Jan.
The cell phone video captured by Heather Upham, who attended the protest, shows Swanger throwing Jackson to the ground near Lenox Square during a George Floyd protest. “I never thought this would happen to me, and to think there were worse cases than mine,” said Jackson. “She could easily have been the next George Floyd the way he was dragging her out of a car like a rag doll,” said Upham.
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This all happened after she put up a barricade. Officials said she resisted the arrest and charged her with disorderly conduct on the feasts. The lawyers broke the allegations during a press conference on the 25th. Jackson suffered a broken collarbone. “I’m sick of being sad and uncomfortable when it comes to law enforcement,” Jackson said.
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Lawyers say the officers told a different story than what the video shows. “The lies they told had a temporary lifespan,” said Harold Spence, a Davis Bozeman partner. They accuse the two officers of unlawful arrest, alleging that Brandt did not intervene, and they accuse both the city and the officers of using excessive force for not properly training the officers. They are also hoping for a criminal complaint.
CW69 News at 10 a.m. asked the City of Atlanta for comment but received no response.
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It is one of several lawsuits the company filed against the city earlier this month to resolve deadlocked police involvement cases.