Video Claims Cops Strangled Unarmed Man, Then Bodycam Is Released With Truth

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Officer Taylor Saulters has been fired after false allegations were made agianst him.

Clarke County, GA - Cell phone video was released showing a suspect being arrested, with claims that two officers strangled the suspect after hitting him with a car.

Now bodycam video has been released which shows what really happened.

The incident started on Friday, at around 7:30 p.m., when Officer Hunter Blackmon and Officer Taylor Saulters spotted a wanted fugitive, Timmy Patmon, on Vine Street and Nellie B Avenue, according to Athens-Clarke County PD.

When the officer attempted to make contact with Patmon, he fled from the officers.

Officer Blackmon chased Patmon on foot, while Officer Saulters attempted to block his escape by getting ahead of him with the patrol car.

Officer Saulters' car jumped the sidewalk in order to block Patmon's escape route. As the vehicle drove onto the sidewalk, it struck the curb which knocked the officer's front-left tire off of the rim, immediately flattening it.

Patmon ran around the car, and Officer Saulters continued driving after him.

As Officer Saulters drove after Patmon, he drove into the oncoming lane of traffic to avoid a collision with Patmon while struggling to control his vehicle with the dislodged wheel. While trying to control his patrol car, the vehicle struck Patmon.

Patmon went to the ground and officers struggled to gain control of him while he resisted arrest. The officers were able to wrestle his hands behind his back without using any additional force.

Patmon was transported to the hospital where he was evaluated and determined to only have scrapes and bruises. He was taken into custody after his discharge from the hospital.

During the time period when the officers were on the ground trying to arrest Patmon, a motorist captured part of the scene on video.

(NOTE: The video was removed around the time this article was posted.)

The video was posted with the description:

"Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Police Car #235 Hit That Man Because He Was Running From Them && They Could Not Chase Him. Then, They Proceeded To Hand Cuff That Man After He Got Hit By Their Police Car Instead Of Calling The Ambulance!!! Then, The Two Policemen In Police Car #235 Both Started Attacking/Strangling That UNARMED Man While He Was In HandCuffs, Faced Down On The Ground! It Took 8 Police Cars To Come Out There For One UNARMED Boy && It Also Served As A Racist Act Of Policing!!! Police Brutality Is REAL && SOMEONE Needs To Put A Stop To It!!! I Don’t Care What Crime That Man Did, But It Is UNJUST How The Police Handle Matters! Instead Of Following Protocol && Normal Procedures, The Police Took Matters Into Their Own Hands By Running Into That Man With The Police Car Rather Than Get Out Of The Police Car && Run/Chase Behind Him!! MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!!!! Get These Police FIRED && PROSECUTED!!!! #BlackLivesMatter"

People on social media spread the video and false description and demanded accountability.

AJC reports that Patmon's family said that the police ran him over, and that his mother thought he was dead after he was bumped by the car. The bodycam video disproves these claims.

“They were chasing him from behind. They didn’t have to run him over,” Patmon's bother told WSB-TV.

Following public outcry demanding the termination of Officer Saulters, a department spokesman said that they don't believe that Saulters intentionally hit Patmon, according to AJC. The department said that Officer Saulters was just attempting to accelerate past Patmon, while attempting to control a vehicle with a flat tire.

After local outrage over the incident, the Chief decided to immediately fire Officer Saulters, and called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to seek potential criminal charges against the officer.

The chief said that even though the officer's actions were unintentional, he believes that the officer was negligent.

The Officer Saulters had just recently joined the department after leaving the U.S. Army, and was still on probationary status, making it possible for him to be terminated without cause.

Now, the officer, who is the sole breadwinner of his family, has no way to support his wife and 10-month-old son. The Army veteran is being forced to pay for his own attorney to defend himself from criminal allegations.

Officer Saulters' wife told Blue Lives Matter that after numerous media outlets falsely reported that the officer intentionally hit Patmon, they've been the target of widespread accusations of racism.

"We are no longer safe or comfortable where we live," Lauren Saulters said.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family pay basic living expenses.

It's not clear why Daily Mail, ABC News, Think Progress, The Root, and more are reporting that Officer Saulters intentionally hit Patmon, when even the department that fired him said it was unintentional.

Please help share this article on social media to counter these false narratives.

You can see the bodycam video of the incident below:

Comments (27)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

If you don't run and follow the officer's command you won't have to worry about being run over. But in today's world we support the criminal and hire police chiefs who are for the most part politicians not cops with any sense of what it takes to do the job. Glad I no longer have to deal with this part of the job. I loved being a cop but if I had to do it over again I would have gone into business with my dad.

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Once again Blacks are proud of their criminals. They are idolized in rap songs and are an inspiration to millions of black youths. One would almost think that Blacks consider criminals to be the norm by the way they are revered. Whites, Hispanics and Asians also commit crimes of course but their criminals aren't treated as heroes.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ragnarok1943 tons of fan mail for just about every serial killer that was caught alive would beg to differ.

JMc
JMc

Chief is obviously a butt kissing politician... does not deserve to be in that position...

RunCop
RunCop

Another black animal thug POS!

JBo
JBo

Should be worth about $250K in the lawsuit lottery.

RunCop
RunCop

And why do the animal thugs' relatives always defend the animal thug?

EMarie
EMarie

Who side is this Chief On? I'd quit...now. There are towns, cities, and counties wanting Great Officers like this!

Katarina
Katarina

The runner hit the cop car, not the other way around. Pretty telling when the crowd comes out criticizing police without even knowing what happened. False police reports seems to be the latest rage....and this dolt of a Chief feeds right into it. Will he be out taking calls when he can't fill his staffing needs? LOL

Betts122
Betts122

I am so tired of these loud mouth people standing around yelling at the Police officers and calling them names, when they don't even know what led up to this point. Which is usually the case.

Betts122
Betts122

If I were that police officer I would get me a good lawyer and sue the Police department and the chief for false allegations. The police department fired this officer just because these people wanted them to. I know one thing, I will contribute to this officers " go fund me" account. I hope more people will support this officer and his family.

Swjw121050
Swjw121050

Someone please tell “that man” that there’s no need to insert && after every puny thought.......&& that’s all I’ve got to say about that. 😂

injun
injun

Ok, The chief said that even though the officer's actions were unintentional, he believes that the officer was negligent. Yet allowed probationary to drive a patrol and out on the street by himself. Who is negligent? Fired with cause ? New hire and ex military..thinking is different. Chief is a political kiss ass should be fired .. another Ferguson waiting to happen. Veterans need to back Saulter, so he isn't walking this alone.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

When will these spineless administrators stop ruining these Officer’s careers by terminating them not for doing wrong but because the public thought he did wrong. These upper brass people need to grow a set or find another job. It amazes me how these people get a job shining the seat with there butts and they forget where they come from. All administrators should be required to work 16 hours a month on the street.

John.Brown
John.Brown

While on probation, an officer can be fired for almost any reason. While I don't agree with the chiefs response, there is nothing that the officer can do about it. Time to move on to another department.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Another lie shown tobe just that - a lie- by the bodycams!! And these blkack muppets wnated cops to wear bodycams!! And that guy didn't get hit too hard for gods sake. He probably got hit harder on the football field!

shayrae
shayrae

I would hope that if I ever got or had a loved one arrested, the officer would show as much respect as Officer Saulter did to this thug. Officer Saulter was doing his job and is now unemployed. Seriously? smh

MadMaxxx
MadMaxxx

Each time an Officer gets fired by the spineless Administrations for doing their jobs that is a huge victory for Black Lives Matter.The administrations and media believe all of the lies of alleged witnesses during these incidents and even the families who are rarely on the scene tells their lies and are believed.And then there are the Defense attorneys who spread more outrageous lies in order to get the suspects and families and themselves rich.In the near future i can see this is going to cause Officers to think twice about chasing,arresting resisters and other aspects of their jobs and this is what Black lives matter is hoping to achieve!

JBL
JBL

Where is the crowd funding; if every conservative sent him a dollar the libtards would start being afraid of making people they hate millionaires .

JBL
JBL

Come on its only $4,700 dollars. I am a Canadian living in Canada with 7 kids. Not even my country. Give a little! GoFundMe page above.

61mouse
61mouse

Hopefully he can go after the one who posted the lies and defamation of character

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Looks pretty good for being strangled...walking about having a cigarette...wow he was brutalized !

JBL
JBL

$6,185 and climbing; we need 100,000 of thousands of people pass this along

SandyMalone_is_$2
SandyMalone_is_$2

Can't his wife get a job?

Shamus 2
Shamus 2

I rest my case!

mikeruesing
mikeruesing

stop calling for more units to control crowd. just shoot them when they attack you


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