Police brutality seems to have now reached another level in Atlanta. In the city of Gadsden, a police chief, along with three other cops from the Rainbow City Police Department are being accused of tasering a young girl who was having a seizure, and then arresting the mom when she tried to help.
The mother is now filing a federal lawsuit against both the City of Gadsden and Rainbow City. The lawsuit suit accuses both Rainbow City and the City of Gadsden officers of using “excessive force, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.” The lawsuit is seeking damages for the mother and her daughter for suffering pain, emotional distress and medical expenses including attorney fees.
Apparently, the police officers repeatedly fired Tasers at the mother and her daughter when they were at a concert at Center Stage. And the cops continued to Taser the mother and her daughter even while the daughter was having grand mal seizures.
Gregory Harp, the attorney of the family said, “a taser was used three times on a child’s chest, during a medical emergency, while she was pinned to the ground by officers. Other officers present at the scene failed to intervene. Her mother was knocked to the ground, handcuffed, and then she herself tased and arrested.”
Its been noted that the concert took place on Jan. 16 for hip hop artist, Kevin Gates, and earlier that same day the daughter had a seizure at her high school. She was treated at school and wasn’t taken to a hospital.
The seizures reoccurred at the concert when the abrupt movement of the crowd knocked the daughter to the ground, causing her to get trampled over by the crowd. Her younger sister rushed over for the help of an employee of Center Stage. The daughter was then picked up by the employee who then took her to lobby and dumped her there.
The police then immediately put her in a chokehold and when the mother arrived, trying to help her daughter, she was held down to the ground. She had committed no crime nor did her daughter, yet they were both tasered and the mom was apparently arrested for disorderly conduct.
They were taken to the hospital and the police officers made fun of them indicating that the daughter should be “committed” to a “mental hospital.”
The lawsuit indicates that “the actions of the… defendants… were unjustified, unprovoked, and objectively unreasonable and constitute a violation of their rights under the Fourth Amendment and/or the Fourteenth Amendment to be free from the use of excessive force.”
But will justice be served for the mother and daughter or will this end up being like all the other police brutality cases where the cops get the upper hand and win?