In Georgia, a homeless woman named Katie McCrary was inside of a Glenwood Road convenience store when she was approached by an officer who began attacking her.
McCrary’s husband, Antoine McCrary, said after seeing the footage it “fills him with anger and pain”.
Earlier this week, police say they received a call from the store about a female soliciting customers for change inside of a Chevron gas station.
In his official police report, Officer P.J. Lascheid said the incident began when Mrs. McCrary refused to follow his orders and even assaulted him.
Later, police supervisors cleared the officer of any wrongdoing in the case and it was closed. However once this cell phone video captured by a witness was posted on YouTube and went viral, investigators reopened the case for further inspection.
“We consider it new evidence and so we’re just taking a look at that video to make sure it aligns with what the officer had initially reported,” said Sheila Campbell, a spokesperson for DeKalb County police.
The victim's husband McCrary says he believes this is definitely a case of severe police brutality. Anyone who watches the footage would be inclined to agree with the officer here.
“She was not technically fighting. She was trying to block hits from the baton,” he said. “I don’t see her doing anything like that. Yes, she has mental problems but to me, my wife is one of the kindest persons on earth,” he explained.
Just today, several civil rights organizations gathered in a massive protest demanding justice for the female victim McCrary. Mr. McCrary says his wife is okay physically after the assault but this will probably take a toll mentally on her already fragile state of mind.
“I want justice. I want them to investigate this and do right by her.” McCrary said.
Mrs. McCrary was charged and arrested for “hindering police officers” according to the official police report. She’s currently being detained on a prostitution charge she got five days ago.