After being fired over a Taser incident involving a Spelman College and Morehouse College students, the two officers involved have just filed a lawsuit against Police Chief Erika Shields and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in optimism of getting their jobs back.
Former Officers Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter reportedly filed the suit on June 8, claiming they were fired without a proper investigation and their use of force was lawful. The lawsuit states. “Petitioners have suffered irreparable injury to their personal and professional reputations as a result of their unlawful dismissal,” the suit states.
As previously reported, Taniyah Pilgrim, 20, and Messiah Young, 22, were near downtown Atlanta where a protest was going on when they were opposed by the group of police officers.
They were tased and dragged and said they felt as though they were going to die.
Bottoms announced the next day the officers had been fired. Shortly after, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced criminal charges against Streeter, Gardner, and four other officers involved.