Georgia Cop Filmed Beats A Homeless Woman With His Baton "After She Begs For Money"

Submitted by: daegog 2 months ago in News & Politics


Yeah yeah we know: Stop resisting, let them beat you with a metal rod. Don't like it? Too bad.

A video of a DeKalb County, Georgia cop was released over the weekend. It shows an officer beating a woman with a baton as, he says, she resisted arrest.The department was aware of the incident, but was not aware of the cellphone video taken by a bystander that you can see above.

The officer was cleared following the Internal Affairs investigation. However, now that the department has this new evidence, they reopened the investigation and will determine whether the incident is consistent with policy and the law.
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Male 3,067
I gotta wonder for all the cop apologists, if your wife/mother/daughter was out panhandling, and got beaten like this would you really be ok with it?

If you were there, would you try to stop the cop?
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Male 4,141
I'm tired of seeing this one. It's really easy to paint a narrative when you leave out half the facts. Okay let's start with the bullshit laws of vagrancy and aggressive panhandling.
She was also asked to leave The Establishment in which she refused which is now trespassing. She then proceeded to cause a public disturbance and assault the store clerk.
Police arrived in all the shenanigans continued and she decided to 'keep it real" with the cops. No she wasn't beaten for being a hopeless home and woman. She was beaten for being a total asshole who decided it was okay to assault an officer.
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Male 3,089
Look at 0:39/1:39 - His left knee is pressing against the right side of her back, his left hand is pushing down on her right shoulder; How the fuck is she supposed to put her hands behind her back, given her position and the weight he is applying? 
This whole 'pain compliance' bullshit runs completely counter to typical human instinct - Someone's beating you with a fucking club, it's instinctual to curl up, not flatten out.
Just another pig earning the hate.

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Male 1,673
captkangaroo All it took for her to get her hands behind her back REALLY quickly was a crack with that baton. Funny how certain people can't comply until they get a crack.
Laying on your stomach with neither hand or arm trapped, it's pretty easy to put your hands behind your back.  Reminds me of all these assholes who scream they can't breathe. If you can't breathe, how in the fuck are you screaming?
You're just another cop hater.
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Male 3,089
oobaka 
No sir, I am not a 'cop hater', but it's pretty funny that you fall in line with the mindless people that can't or won't actually think for themselves, just parrot what they've heard from authority figures: Comply ... Comply ... Comply- even with illegal orders, even when police are enforcing their opinions, not laws, even when no crime has been committed - Comply ... Comply ... Comply.
Nope, not a cop hater, you idiot, just a freedom lover.

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Male 1,634
As many have already pointed out, the video starts at the middle of the incident, and does not show what lead up to the aggression we see. Several people have already chimed in with additional info that wasn't posted here, so we know the actual story now (a panhandler that was repeatedly asked nicely to vacate the premises, and then pushed a cop who was simply trying to enter the store), but what if we didn't? With the video starting in the middle of the incident like that, how would you know that she hadn't previously pulled a knife on the officer? True, its possible from what we see in the video that the cop simply walked up to her and started hitting her, but not very likely. So why is it that that is the exact scenario that most people on here immediately assume with only half the information? As has already been stated, I'd like to see the people who immediately start thinking bad about the cop have to "wear the cops shoes" for a week, to learn what these men and women have to put up with every single day. How do you feel the cop could've handled this better, now that you know the whole story? Your first clue to the cop being at least somewhat in the right should've come from people in the store telling her to "stop resisting" (the cop wasn't the only person telling her that, if you didn't realize it), instead of asking the cop why he was hitting her. She was kicking the officer, and refusing to follow orders. Again, how would you have handled it?
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Male 4,343
She did resist and a case can be made for the officer's use of force. That said, it seems to me the officer's approach was inept. I don't get the sense he made any effort to de-escalate the situation.

The woman, Katie McCrary, according to a couple articles I've read, is well-known in the community. She's mentally ill, estranged from her husband and children, and has a habit of asking for money at the local gas stations. She has no history of being violent. You can tell the locals know her in the video because one of them calls out to her, "Stop resisting, Katie!"

I could be wrong, but I suspect if the officer had a better sense of how to work with the mentally ill, he might have been able to cajole Ms. McCrary into compliance early on in the encounter as opposed to resorting to beating her with a baton and threatening to shoot her.
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Male 3,187
squrlz4ever I wanted to be a police officer, I have police officers in my family.  This is excessive force.  Those who defend the punishment as justified based on "resisting" do not understand the automatic reaction to "resist" when being assaulted.  

This is assault.  This is what it looks like.  Regardless of her lesser crime, she should not have been subjected to assault as a citizen by law enforcement.  The crime does not justify the punishment distributed.  PERIOD.  I will stand by that as will my family.
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Male 4,343
kalron27 Thanks for chiming in. It's good to hear the opinion of someone with LEOs in his family. Fortunately, McCrary's injuries appear to have been slight: a welt on one arm and a small cut on one leg. It certainly could have been a lot worse.

Sounds to me like Decatur, Georgia needs to find a way to get Ms. McCrary more help. She needs to be on medication, assigned a caseworker, and placed in some kind of halfway house.
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Male 1,428
300k views in only a few hours. People love a good beating video
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Male 15,165
I'm pretty sure I've never seen anything like this in Hong Kong or any of my world travels.
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Male 655
What did she do? I don't see her resisting at all. The officer is just fucked up.
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Male 1,673
fuad119 So you don't see her trying to kick him at 17 seconds? 
Nor do you see her fail to comply? Failing to comply IS resisting.
Amazing how different people see different things in the same video.
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Male 1,329
oobaka Hahaha she's a 65 year old, a lady, homeless, and weighs about 45kg. He seems early 30s, a man, well fed and in shape/trained. At the end of the day, this lady was asking people for money where she shouldn't have been. And yes she kicked him/pushed him. Are you telling me that this trained individual, at the physical advantage, couldn't bring this homeless old lady to the pd or even to his squad car without beating her to shit with his baton?
THAT'S were the problem is...
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Male 1,673
doiknowyou Actually, idiot, she's 38. What other nuggets of misinformation do you have? I'll bet she went to church every Sunday and spread sunshine everywhere she went.
She was begging for money outside a store repeatedly. She was asked to fuck off repeatedly. She ignored all of that.
As for beating the shit out of her...she was treated for a cut at the hospital.
If she had complied with the store owner, she wouldn't have been arrested. If she had complied with the officer, she wouldn't have been beaten.
A 38, not 65, year old woman with mental issues can quickly turn a routine arrest into a murder scene....or would you rather the police be gentle with suspects? Eventually an officer or bystander will get hurt or killed by some poor, sweet, old lady.
Idiot.
 
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Male 558
oobaka She wasn't treated for "a cut", she was treated for multiple cuts on her arms and legs because the cop was hitting her so hard it was splitting her skin open.  What other nuggets of misinformation do you have?
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Male 1,673
jclv The articles I read stated a single cut. Apparently you found one that stated multiple cuts. Whether is was one cut or a million, all of them could have been avoided if she 
A: Didn't break the law by criminally trespassing on the property
B: Solicit illegally
C: Assault the officer
D: Attempt to grab the officer's badge
E: Attempt to grab the officer's vest
F: Attempt to grab the officer's radio
G: Resist arrest 


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Male 1,329
oobaka Hahaha. Have You ever been hit with a  retractable stick? My guess is fuck no. I don't give a shit if she's 38...she still has the stature of a crackhead. If a cop can't handle this 38 year old and get her out of there, without beating the shit out of her...he shouldn't be a cop in the first place.
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Male 1,673
doiknowyou Hahaha. Have you ever tried to remove a stranger from a premises that didn't want to leave and assaulted you? My guess is fuck no. I don't give a shit if she's 38. She grabbed for his badge, his vest and his radio. What happens if she successfully grabbed his gun? She's known to have mental issues.
But I guess sitting on your ass second guessing a cop's actions is what you do best.
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Male 1,329
oobaka If a trained cop in 2017 can't control skinny women tresspassing...then he isn't fit for the job. I wouldn't second guess cops actions if they didn't make it so easy. Also, I viewed this with 3 SPVM officers. 1 was an ex co-employee (girl), the second a high school friend and the third my best friend's brother. Not 1 took the cop's actions as standard procedure. They all stated similar procedures. At first grab/assault call for backup. Second try to neutralise suspect by takedown and cuffing. Although that is clearly what this shithead is TRYING to do, he never succeeded. All three cops I spoke to sounded way more confident in their aikido tactics to cuff this woman. I'm not a huge fan of aikido but easy wrist locks could have had her cooperating. Either way ,no need to beat the shit out of her with a retractable stick. What you witnessed in the video was lazy enforcement
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Male 655
oobaka At 17 seconds? You didn't see the cop beat the shit out of the girl at the beginning of the video? That is use of unnecessary force, as the video state she is homeless, I've encountered the police multiple times and none of them are as unprofessional as this cop is American police are just terribly trained either that or there are people who become cops just to get a free pass beating the shit out of people.
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Male 1,673
fuad119 When you encountered the police, were you trespassing as this woman was? Did you resist arrest? Did you assault the officer?
If you did, chances are you would have seen a similar reaction as was in this video
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Male 58
oobaka When you go to your local shop you are trespassing?! Resisting arrest?! She is only trying to defend herself, from that rasher of bacon with legs...
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Male 1,673
hafa84 When you beg for money and the owner tells you on multiple occasions to leave but you stay...THEN you are trespassing.
Pretty simple, isn't it. You're just another cop hater.
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Male 58
oobaka I have 3 cops on my family!! I just don't like bad cops, who give a bad name to the class
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Male 1,673
hafa84 I don't, for a second, think this guy is a bad cop. The rest of you, however, do.
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Male 1,329
hafa84 Exactly, my friends said the same...
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Male 655
oobaka You can restrain a person without beating them and yes I resisted arrest when they came to my house trying to arrest me cause they didn't answer what was I charged with after asking them multiple times and after I threatened to lodge a complaint, they instead just escorted me to their van to bring to the station. Also if the cops had assaulted me I would be able to lodge a formal complaint as it was use of excessive and unnecessary force. 
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Male 1,673
fuad119 When you resisted arrest, did you grab for the officer's equipment? (Badge, vest, radio)
Probably not because THEN you would have been met with force.
You also probably did not kick at them either or you'd have most likely been put face down on the ground rather forcefully. 
Every criminal complains the police are using excessive force when they're getting arrested because none of them have respect for the law...if they did, they wouldn't break it. Whether it's the handcuffs that are too tight or the fact that 5 cops had to restrain them (because they were kicking, punching, biting, spitting, etc...

Seriously though...hope your dealings with the police are settled and are all behind you.
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Male 655
oobaka D'aww thanks and it was a false arrest which I am now trying to look for a free lawyer.. 
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Male 35
This cop is brutal.  She's fighting for her life. American cops need to be trained on how to restrain people.
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Male 1,673
andrewg123 
I'm sure they tried the "pretty please" technique" and I'm sure they've used the "just wait until your father gets home" approach.
Do you know of any other ways to subdue a potentially dangerous individual?
Perhaps adding "with sugar on top" to the "pretty please technique" will get the job done.

According to the story that "somehow" wasn't included in this post...the woman was soliciting inside the store which is illegal. When the officer showed up, she was outside but attempted to push the officer, who was trying to enter the store, out of the way.
She then got into a shoving match...either with the officer or a store employee...the article is unclear. Then she attempted to grab the officer's vest. 

Really weird how those bits of information weren't included in this IAB piece.
Funny how that seems to happen.
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Male 35
oobaka 
Simmer down champ, we are not cop haters. 

I have lived in down town Vancouver, where at one point there was more drug activity and homelessness than any other major city in Canada ( per capita). I have whitnessed many take downs, most were far more dangerous than this when the perpetrator was larger and more aggressive than this women.  

Doesn't matter what she did prior to this video, the cop should have known what to instead of beating her.  

You are posting far too much about a topic that you clearly have no experience about.   
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Male 1,673
andrewg123 My experience with the police isn't as colourful as some, I have had a few dealings with them. I never resisted. I always cooperated and I was always treated with respect.
Even my neighbour, who sold crack out of his garage, was treated with a lot of respect because, whenever the police dropped by, he never resisted.
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Male 6
Police investigating themselves and cleared of any wrongdoing. Haven't heard *that* one before.
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Male 1,673
zyerne Don't worry. The higher ups will quickly throw this officer under the bus to make themselves look good.
I'd LOVE to see what led up to this. Too many videos start in the middle cutting off what led the officer to use force.
At 0:42 he tells her to put her hands behind her back. She doesn't claiming she's trying. One quick crack with the baton and suddenly both her arms are behind her back. It's a miracle.

I truly love all you tough guys who have the luxuries of safety and time to second guess a police officer's actions.
Try putting on the uniform for a week and let's see how well you'd do when faced with gangbangers, crackheads and meth addicts who don't feel like cooperating with you. 

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Male 3,612
oobaka cops are not ordinary citizens. people who wear the uniforms are supposed to be trained to properly handle situations they are responsible for. i dont care what your take away from this was, it was fucked up for that cop to threaten to shoot this woman. and i dont know how this all started, but i do not think this cop needed to to be as violent as he was, i dont think cops in general should be this violent.
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Male 1,673
robthelurker Cops are people who want to go home at the end of their shift. They are constantly met with violence and have to respond with violence. Let's say the cop stood back and let this woman stand up but then she hauled out a knife and stabbed a customer/employee/the officer or even herself. THEN the cop would be held accountable.
THEY CAN NOT subdue a resisting suspect gently. 
As you said, you don't know how this started but still think you can decide the officer was in the wrong?
She assaulted the officer AND resisted the officer with and without violence. 
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Male 214
oobaka so he can't decide the officer was in the wrong, but you can decide the officer was in the right? You don't feel that cops should be held to a higher standard of conduct? "This small, frail, old, homeless woman is technically assaulting me (I suppose), I had better beat her savagely with a lethal weapon, you know... just in case."
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Male 1,673
AgamemnonTheGreat What makes her small, frail and old?
This just goes to show how uninformed you are. She's 38.
Here's a link to show just how frail she is.
http://static.lakana.com/media.fox5atlanta.com/photo/2017/07/10/Katie%20McCrary%20mugshot_1499710514605_3752155_ver1.0_640_360.PNG

And even if she was small, frail and old....anyone, particularly a homeless person because they are more like to have mental issues, can pull a knife.
She tried to grab his badge, his vest and his radio. What if she tried and succeeded to grab his gun while he was being gentle with her like you want him to be? It's not beyond the realm of possibility.
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Male 214
oobaka apologies on the age,I seem to have switched my numbers around. The what-if scenario you described is the kind of thing that happens a lot, yeah? But lots of cops don't react this way when it does, or we'd be hearing about it tenfold (or would the media be able to resist blood in the water?)
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Male 1,673
AgamemnonTheGreat Officers can and have been killed by just about anyone. Last year there were 64 officers shot a killed. I didn't bother trying to find how many more were injured. 
How many of those made the national headlines or, at the least, the IAB pages? I'm thinking 1 or 2 at best.
Here's a link if you care to look at some of the ways the police tried to do things gentle and died because of it.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/14/us/police-officers-fatal-shooting-line-duty-nationwide/index.html
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Male 214
oobaka your phrasing make it seem as though you're against even the idea of a gentle approach, is this so?
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Male 1,673
AgamemnonTheGreat Nope.
If an officer can safely subdue a suspect, I'm all for a gentle approach. 
BUT
There have been cases where, because of recent news stories of cops being "too aggressive", some officers were worried they'd be the next news story so they hesitated pulling their gun. Guess what happened. They fucking died. The died because they were worried about people like you second guessing their actions while sipping their coffee safe at home.
Why does everyone want the cops to treat CRIMINALS with kid gloves?
If you break the fucking law, you shouldn't expect to be treated gently. 
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Male 214
oobaka glad to hear it, even gladder we've found common ground (disregarding your dig at me 'sipping coffee' as you know nothing of me, this is simple theatrics) now, as this altercation could (arguably, of course, though given the physical prowess of the officer, his training, and armament, not very arguably) have been resolved much more peaceably, it's good to know you're "all for a gentle approach" it would be nice for you to apply your professed standards to the case at hand, but I'm thinking you're of the mind she still deserved the savage beating? Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Male 1,673
AgamemnonTheGreat I never said she deserved it but she did cause it to happen by assaulting the officer several times, trespassing, soliciting and resisting.
All could have been avoided if she chose a different place to ask for a few bucks.
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Male 604
oobaka I had a job for a bit where I worked with a lot of homeless.  The regulars weren't so bad - they'd been around long enough to not want to lose their privileges.  Some of the "newcomers" or more transient ones though could be downright scary.  I'm not saying this here was justified - I certainly can't tell from just this video, but when someone has fried their brains with meth or other substances - or just have a fried brain in general, you never know what they might pull out and try to hurt someone with. 

The video looks pretty bad, but it doesn't provide enough context to really know what is happening.


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Male 1,673
faustsshadow Completely agree.
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