ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta police officer is on administrative leave after a video surfaced that shows him punching a man in the head.
Video shows the officer punching the back of the man’s head at least three times while two other officers hold him down as the man screams “Stop! Stop!” A fourth officer stands nearby. Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta posted the video on its Facebook page June 23.
A spokesman for the organization says the arrest was made in the downtown area of Five Points. The organization is calling for criminal charges.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Police said in statement the officer is currently on administrative leave and Chief Erika Shields will review the evidence to determine possible disciplinary actions.
The name of the officer has not been released.