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Georgia cop fired after deliberately hitting fleeing suspect with his auto

Georgia cop fired after deliberately hitting fleeing suspect with his auto

Patmon reportedly ran from police because he was on probation and held felony warrants, but his mother said officers had no right to use their cruiser as a weapon and crash into her son.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Officer Taylor Saulters got wind of a police call that there was a search out for Timmy Patmon, 24, for a probation violation.

In his first attempt to block Patmon from escaping, Saulters hits the curb and flattened a tire on his police cruiser.

Saulters has been fired by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in Georgia for hitting Patmon.

When the young man doesn't immediately stand up as instructed by Saulters, saying he's hurt from getting hit with his vehicle, Saulters tells him: "Oh, I know, I know what I did".

The police spokesperson says Officer Saulters stayed in his patrol vehicle and tried to get ahead of the foot chase to cut Patmon's path off, but ended up hitting a curb and stop sign.

Athens-Clarke police Public Information Officer Epifanio Rodriguez said Saulters was sacked for violating departmental policies and procedures.

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But even after he'd hit Patmon, Saulters then proceeded to threaten him with his Taser.

"We got him", Saulters can be heard saying in the video, which has since been viewed more than 100,000 times on Facebook.

Timmy Patmon, top left, is seen running from a police cruiser driven by officer Taylor Saulters. "Why'd you run?" Saulters replied. "Do you understand me?"

"The officer was very adamant that it wasn't his attention to strike Mr. Patmon", Freeman said. Make the right decision'.

Officers requested an ambulance for Patmon, who was assessed to have suffered cuts and bruises. According to the report, the department also reviewed both the incident report filed by Saulters and an interview with the officer.

She said while she realized he son was in the wrong for running, nothing justified Patmon getting hit by a vehicle.

Although the PD says it believes Saulters' actions were negligence rather than a deliberate attempt to hurt someone, he is now being probed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and could face criminal charges.


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