#1 Attorney: Cop used excessive force in IHOP melee
04-28-2011, 05:04 AM
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The four women who were part of a scuffle with an off-duty Atlanta police officer had barely sat down at a table at the Buckhead IHOP when the confrontation started, one of them said.
“It was just four girls, just a regular night out, going to get something to eat,” Cynthia Freeman said.....Freeman said she noticed two guys dressed as characters from the Star Wars trilogy.
“Wow, they got the helmet … they’ve got everything, what are you guys doing?” Freeman said she asked early that morning......Minutes later, she said a man in a blue shirt came over to their table.....“He tells me, shut up, be quiet, you need to leave,” an emotional Freeman said.
The incident was captured on video, the Atlanta Police Department confirmed. The video also shows the officer punching another woman, Ashley Leavell. Freeman said she had never met Leavell before the incident and added that she had been dining at another table.
“She was trying to get the officer to back off,” Freeman said.
Freeman was among four arrested in the 4 a.m. Saturday incident, according to Atlanta attorney Bobby Aniekwu. He told the AJC he is representing three of the women in what he considers a case of "excessive force."
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