Spelman, Morehouse students sue city of Atlanta
Two students of Atlanta's historically black colleges filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the city and its police department.
ATLANTA (CNN)- Two students of Atlanta’s historically black colleges filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the city and its police department.
Police bodycam footage of the arrest of Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim went viral during a George Floyd protest in downtown Atlanta in May 2020.
The college couple was trying to get food when they were detained by atlanta police who broke the windows of their car and tased young.
Charges against Young were later dropped, and Pilgrim was held in police custody for four hours without a mask during the peak of the pandemic.
Both students say they were traumatized by the violence.
“On the night of May 30th, 2020…a huge part of my life was diminished…you know, trying to move forward from this point. It’s very, very irritating and very, very kind of triggering,” said Young
Pilgrim told reporters at a news conference, “Living through this has been such a horrifying experience, and like the anxiety that that night brings me every day, the nightmares that I still had to experience almost every single night, it’s like, like life took a total turn.”
Six Atlanta police officers involved in the incident were fired and charged.
But two of the officers were able to return to the force after getting their terminations overturned.
The Atlanta mayor’s office and the police department are not choosing to comment on the lawsuit at this time.