A grand jury issued arrest warrants on Monday against five georgia cops after being indicted for the death of a young Hispanic man whom they shot him more than 15 times with their stun guns and then suffocated when subjected during his arrest in 2019.
The Henry County Prosecutor’s Office, southeast of Atlanta, reported that the officers must surrender no later than Tuesday after the jury charged them last Friday with murder in the death of the Mexican. Fernando Rodriguez, 24, who was unarmed and naked at the time of his arrest.
To the five policemen, two of them from Henry and the other three from the city of Hampton and identified as Robert Butera, Quinton Phillips, Mason Lewis, Marcus Stroud, and Gregory Bowlden, They were given the option of posting a $ 100,000 bond each, Assistant District Attorney Megan Matteucci said.
Rodríguez died of suffocation on September 20, 2019 after officers held him to the ground while he was “handcuffed and chained, and put pressure on his body”, According to the Prosecutor’s Office.
The events occurred near Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the Mexican had attended the “Imagine Concert Music Festival”, and were recorded by the body cameras of the officers who detained him.
In the half-hour video, Rodríguez can be seen walking naked down the middle of the street and the police can be heard ordering the Latino to stop. By not responding to instructions, the officers shoot him with the “taser” gun and the young man falls to the ground, while they continue to apply electric shocks to him.
In addition to the multiple counts of murder and aggravated assault, the five officers were accused of violating their oaths as police officers for the way in which the young man was subjected in “The floor in a prone position while handcuffed and chained, holding him and applying pressure to his body”.
In July of this year, the Georgia local authorities reached an agreement with the young man’s family by means of which they promised to compensate them with three million dollars.
According to Page Pate, of the law firm Pate, Johnson & Church, Rodríguez’s family members agreed to accept the out-of-court settlement to the lawsuit they filed against the city of Hampton.
According to Pate, Rodríguez posed no threat to officers, nor for anyone else, as it was unarmed, naked and in need of medical attention, and the officers used excessive force and violated their constitutional rights when they continued to deploy their ‘taser’ weapons.
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