Around 6:00pm, on Tuesday April 9th, Zone 6 officers were dispatched to investigate a gathering of some kind at the apartment complex located at 1547 Hardee St. As they were driving through the area, officers were set upon by an angry mob of people and their police vehicles were pelted with fists, bricks, and even a hammer. Two vehicles were damaged but no one was injured. The officers were outnumbered and decided to leave the area to avoid escalating the situation. Officers gathered in a nearby MARTA station parking lot and waited to see if the situation would deescalate. While officer were standing by, a trio of individuals approached the officers in the parking lot and began filming them. One officer that had been in one of the attacked vehicles recognized one of the three as someone who beat on a police vehicle with his fist. He was subsequently arrested and charged with the City Ordinance for Disorderly Conduct (acting violent towards property). A short time later, officers learned that the crowd had dispersed and there was no further need for police. The investigation into the identities of those who threw the bricks continues.
The crowd had gathered this evening to protest the arrest of a male yesterday. They allege that unnecessary force was used during the arrest, however, they made no formal complaint with the department. The protesters had video depicting yesterday’s events and shared them with local media. Deputy Chief Propes vowed to have this incident investigated to determine if these allegations are true.