VIDEO: Officer Put On Leave After Hitting Woman Resisting Arrest

Maggie Thomas allegedly told the officer that "a white officer should not be harassing her," police said.

Atlanta, GA – An Atlanta police officer has been accused of police brutality for striking and tasing a woman who allegedly bit him in the hand while resisting arrest (video below).

“This is yet another example of police brutality with the City of Atlanta Police Department,” the suspect’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, told WXIA. “No citizen should be brutalized this way over a speeding ticket. The officer should be immediately removed from duty pending investigation.”

The incident occurred on May 1, when an Atlanta police officer patrolling behind an apartment complex spotted a woman sitting inside a silver Infiniti.

Police had been told to keep an eye out for a vehicle matching the description of the car, so the officer walked over to the Infiniti and made contact with 31-year-old Maggie Thomas.

After confirming that Thomas was the owner of the car, the officer told her that the vehicle was uninsured and that she was consequently prohibited from driving it.

Thomas instantly became “agitated,” and demanded to know why he was patrolling behind the complex, and why he was looking at her car, according to the officer’s report.

She allegedly told him that “a white officer should not be harassing her,” and wanted to know if his supervisor was black or white, WGCL reported.

The officer provided Thomas with his supervisor’s contact information, then left the area, WXIA reported.

But after he drove for about a block, he “began to wonder why she became so agitated at my mere presence,” the officer’s report read.

After checking her name in the criminal database, the officer discovered Thomas had an active warrant for her arrest for speeding.

He radioed for another unit, and drove back to the complex.

Thomas was sitting in the Infiniti talking on her cell phone, and her four-year-old daughter was standing on the passenger seat beside her.

Thomas refused to comply with the officer’s request to see her identification, and she would not tell him her name. She continued to talk on the phone, and ignored his order to step out of the vehicle.

The officer was able to place handcuffs on one of her hands, but she was holding her phone and daughter with her other hand.

As a result, he waited for backup to arrive before proceeding with her arrest.

In the meantime, Thomas started honking the car horn with her head, and placed a call to 911.

Nearby residents came outside to see what was going on, including a woman who took Thomas’ daughter and phone.

The officer then took Thomas to the ground, while bystanders began recording the melee.

“You a p---y -ss n----r…You tryin’ to kill me?” the combative woman told the officer, as her child ran around crying and yelling that her mother was going to jail.

The officer tased the screaming woman during the altercation, and was ultimately able to place her into handcuffs.

“Oh my god! I cannot believe this!” Thomas yelled.

“Are you serious? This is a lady!” a bystander chimed in.

Thomas resisted further when the officer tried to place her into his patrol vehicle, WXIA reported.

“I am not getting in your car!” she yelled at him, just before she allegedly bit him in the hand.

The officer immediately struck Thomas in the face, knocking her to the ground, police said.

He and two other officers then placed her into the patrol vehicle.

Thomas has been charged with disorderly conduct physical obstruction, WXIA reported.

Griggs alleged that the officer violated Thomas’ unlawful search and seizure rights under the Fourth Amendment.

He further alleged that Thomas didn’t have a warrant, and that the officer should have simply suspended her license and told her to show up at court.

“You have the right to resist unlawful arrest and [this officer] escalated it further,” Griggs declared.

He said that the officer who claimed Thomas bit him is lying.

"At no point did she bite the police officer. We have all the video image,” Griggs declared. “If someone bites you, you're going to see it. It's going to break the skin.”

"The video shows that he punched her in the face while she was handcuffed,” he added. “There is no need to use that kind of force on someone who is handcuffed."

The officer who Thomas fought with has been placed on paid administrative assignment, Atlanta Police Sergeant John Chafee said in a press release.

“This incident has been referred to our Office of Professional Standards,” Sgt. Chaffee said. “The department is working to gather all of the facts surrounding this incident.”

Griggs said that the officer should lose his badge over the altercation.

"I believe [Thomas] will be completely exonerated and I believe this officer will be held accountable," he told WXIA. "This has to stop ... for a city 'too busy to hate,' it's time to address this issue. It's time for the city to do more, accept responsibility and change its policing processes.”

“Hold these officers accountable,” Griggs demanded. “No more paid leave. It's time for termination."

You can watch cell phone footage of the officer's altercation with Thomas in the video below:

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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

C O O P E R A T E AND C O M P L Y
......and almost certain there wouldn't be an issue ........yet they keep up the same old crap, get into a problem for resisting and cannot understand why they then have more serious problems. These are some of THE most ignorant ,entitled and arrogant people in this country. No one group even comes close.

The express
The express

Another one looking to hit the ghetto lottery.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

If she has an active warrant, than simply suspending her license (which, last I checked, isn't something a cop can do) isn't appropriate; an arrest is. And you don't need to break the skin when you bite someone, although breaking the skin is a lot worse.

This attorney is trying to taint the jury pool and garner public support by these outrageously incorrect claims; maybe once his client goes to jail, his bar license can be revoked due to unethical conduct due to the spreading of false information?

JDBear
JDBear

This is a sad example of what happens when officers go on patrol without appropriate training or any apparent of who they are and what they are meant to represent. First up the story as written above says the after seeing the woman the officer reported wondering why she would be getting jumpy with him just being there. Well, A: you don't need to go far to see what can happen when a policeman [normally a man, normally white] approaches a black person in situations that are in no way threatening. B: What happened when he returned bore out any reason she might have had for being jumpy. As the story is written above it states the officer returned after looking up the woman, then it states that after he returned the woman refused to give him her name. People have rights in the USA and that includes personal safety. Why is it that so often people who wear "don't tread on me' shirts and that type of thing complain about a historically abused group of people not rolling over for treatment they would never accept. Hell, we have all seen people going off at the airport for being patted down - at the airport, where security checks are a condition of travel, yet they think its people being entitled when they complain about police harassment. Not sure if the other people commenting on here have travelled overseas, I've been lucky enough to and I have to say, other countries just don't police like this. The video could be a training video on what not to do. There is no reason for example to taser the handcuffed woman once she is on the ground, there was no reason to throw her to the ground, there was no reason to even drag her out of the vehicle. Slow down, de-escalate. While the officer is to blame, it seems he has not had the proper training. His actions seem the result of a 'how dare she defy me' reaction.

jrahh43
jrahh43

Tall tree and short rope will solve most all of these problems.

RetCPSO
RetCPSO

Simple complying with the officer would’ve prevented all of this!

61mouse
61mouse

ROFLMFAO 🤣

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Why is it they all think their poop don't stink and they're the LAW

juliekay
juliekay

Another person that never learned to listen and cooperate when you are dealing with authority figures. Keep your hands in sight. Keep your mouth shut and comply! You will be home in a few minutes instead of face down on the ground. How hard is that to understand? I was taught that by the time I was 2. Do what an authority figure says!

HFD120
HFD120

So her racial slurs are to be excused....NOT. Her attorney, who is paid to get her off at all cost, is a disgrace.

HFD120
HFD120

If story is reported correctly the woman called the white/caucasian officer a"p....y a.s n....r". How lady like. So another person of color uses the N word but it should have excused. In a cultural diversity class I took I questioned the negro college professor how if I used the term it was offensive but it can be used constantly in Spike Lee movies and it is supposed to be acceptable. SORRY, you can't have it both ways. If it is derogatory it is so no matter who, of any race, says it at any time. And I have friends that are "of color" that I do respect because they deserve it. I've always said there is human trash out there, irregardless of color or ethnicity, that think the rules of society don't apply to them.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Sheboon privilege?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Listen to them. All gonna try to get a check out of this. She got what she deserved. She knew there was a warrant but believed she is above the law.

dragonmas40
dragonmas40

Another incident that can be blamed on obamas justice dept and their anti cop rhetoric. God help this country

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

Im sick of this only whites are racist or your a white man or a police officer you must be a nazi KKK beget. Like this shits stupid.

Cavalierman
Cavalierman

This all could have been a non story is the woman followed the officers orders and not resisted. She wouldn't have been tased not punched if she complied. Then if she felt she was harassed she could come a complaint with the supervisor who's contact info was given to her. Then if nothing happened from that be get the big mouth lawyer and have him take care of things. But to resist arrest and use the type of language this woman did only adds to the escalation of the matter.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Cannot believe her "Lawyer" is that stupid ,"he could have just suspended her licence" What half assed law shool was that. "Youtube Law School"??

Sgt961
Sgt961

Just another ghetto Ho! Needed her teeth knocked out!

Grog
Grog

“You a p---y -ss n----r…You tryin’ to kill me?” “Are you serious? This is a lady!” a bystander chimed in. NO "lady" I know, or have ever known in my lifetime, talks like that. She is no lady. Just another ghetto rat acting normal.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Black officer would have done the same, or a black supervisor.

One of my favorite lines out of LivePD came from (black) Lt. Kevin Lawrence of Richland County, SC S/O talking to a black man making a fuss "Don't give me that, I've been black longer than you've been alive."

These people somehow think the outcome would be different with a black officer. Nope, they're sick of your shit even more than many of the others.

Doty911
Doty911

Comply, it's the law. You break the law you have consequences.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Today with social media a captured video is shown everywhere and shown repeatedly. These lowlifes are actually bringing the public condemnation down upon themselves. It may not be felt immediately but the negative opinions and condemnation then proliferates exponentially . Each who see a video such as this then formulate a personal opinion. When the viewer continues to see repetitious videos with the same players and same repeat vile actions and behaviors displayed then that opinion is reinforced. ...and eventually a negative opinion is seared into the mindset of the viewer. Each who demonstrate these behaviors and act this way affect themselves as well as others just like them. When they raise the question as to why they are shunned it is due to these accumulated formulated opinions .Those who continually demonstrate these vile behaviors are then sentenced in "the court of public opinion" .........and they have no one to blame but themselves.

NFPD103
NFPD103

seems that a judge should order her to take a new class for compliance to police orders when being arrested. that way incidents like this can be avoided. since the only person on this video who has no rules to guide their actions is the idiot being arrested. the issue isn't the police officer but the ignorant criminal. A law stating that when confronted by police you need to answer questions calmly, truthfully. That you cannot resist actively or passively that you may contest your arrest in court at your first appearance. then any police abuse would so glaring and bright there would be no way not to see it. But that makes to much sense it requires people to accept personal responsibility for there own conduct and takes away the race card and shines a bright light on criminal behavior. the officer will get paid or get his job back if not both.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Lowlife privilege

Jaroslaw
Jaroslaw

Well she got away with it. Charges dropped.