It’s difficult to know what started this confrontation between an unnamed off-duty Atlanta police officer and Cynthia Freeman after this brutal video surfaced of the police officer punching her in the face during the early morning hours on Sunday at an IHOP.
And here is the same incident, from a much closer angle. What’s odd is that Boba Fett must’ve been bored by collecting bounties in a galaxy far, far away.
“The Atlanta Police Department is aware of the incident that took place early Sunday morning involving one of its officers attempting to arrest a patron at an IHOP in Buckhead,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement emailed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Tuesday. “The matter has been referred to our Office of Professional Standards to determine whether department policies and procedures were followed. Further comment at this time would not be appropriate.”
Here is what we know for sure: According to Atlanta attorney Bobby Aniekwu, who is now representing the three women from the video, in what he considers a case of “excessive force,” Freeman was charged with obstruction of justice, criminal trespass and simple battery. She is recovering from her injuries and weighing her legal options, he said.
That’s it. The rest is a case of he said-she said, except the APD isn’t talking until the investigation is concluded and the facts are revealed.
Roberte Caban, who was in the scuffle with the officer, claims she and her friends went to the IHOP in Buckethead for some late-night coffee when the officer told them to quiet down, reports WSBTV.
Further, she says, they did nothing wrong leading up to the incident. And, still, it sounds like she has no idea how the incident got so out of control.
“I felt so bad for her, for anybody to go through that,” Caban said during her interview. “No one would tell us why we were arrested, no one would tell us anything. And we wind up spending over 24 hours in jail.”
Based upon what we see in the video, it looks like the officer is actually trying to initially detain Caban’s friend when her other friend, Cynthia Freeman, begins to assault the officer. So it’s weird that she wouldn’t know exactly why the officer approached her to begin with. Unless she’s playing it tight-lipped for the lawsuit.
The officer, however, definitely didn’t need to punch Freeman in the face to calm the situation down. Doesn’t he have training to resolve conflicts in a non-violent manner? Obviously, certain situations call for quasi-violent actions, but there were two officers on scene.
Even in light of all the fast-food fighting lately, you’re telling us they couldn’t control that situation?