Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Georgia Cop Fired After Running Over Fleeing Black Suspect

Georgia Cop Fired After Running Over Fleeing Black Suspect

During the incident, Officer Taylor Saulters first tries blocking his escape, but then swerves back into the road as Timmy Patmon runs up the right side. After being medically evaluated, Patmon was arrested and turned over to the Clarke County jail.

The officer who was sacked is from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, located just over an hour east of Atlanta.

As Saulters exits his auto, a group of community members gather on the scene, complaining about how the officer used his vehicle.

As the commotion of the crowd began to intensify, Saulters called for "crowd control" and Patmon was taken into custody in a different patrol vehicle, although he requested for an ambulance due to his injuries.

"Why'd you hit that man with your auto like that?" an approaching woman shouts.

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'Give us your hands now, or you're gonna get Tased, ' Saulters says. The suspect then continues running down the street, at which point Saulters drives to the right and hits the suspect with the front right of his police vehicle. "If you still have concerns I will discuss them with you if you contact me". Make the right decision'.

Saulters is then heard asking Patmon if he's injured, to which Patmon replies, "Man, you hit me with your vehicle!" as witnesses gather around the scene. The young man was charged with obstructing an officer and violating his probation.

In a release sent to FOX 5, the department said, "After reviewing the officers' body camera footage, and all the other facts and circumstances of this case Chief Scott Freeman terminated the employment of Officer Taylor Saulters". "I know what I did, why did you run?" His mother says her son admits fleeing the cops was a bad idea, but she's praising the police chief for taking quick action in firing the officer behind the wheel.

Now the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will determine whether Saulters will face criminal charges, ABC News reports. The suspect was taken to a local hospital after only suffering "scrapes and bruises" and then taken into custody.

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