CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Officer fired after hitting suspect with cruiser

  • CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Officer fired after hitting suspect with cruiser

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Officer fired after hitting suspect with cruiser

"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, ' the Athens-Clarke County Police Department said in a statement.

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. He was wanted on a felony probation warrant and taken into custody after being released from the hospital.

An internal affairs report from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department lists exactly why an officer seen on video hitting a running suspect with his cruiser was sacked.

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

Officers requested an ambulance to evaluate Patmon, and he was then transported to a hospital for evaluation.

As Saulters exits the vehicle to apprehend the victim, a woman is heard protesting the incident.

Patmon rolls onto the hood of the vehicle and falls to the pavement, to the shock of numerous witnesses.

When Patmon continued to run down Nellie B Avenue, Officer Saulters tried to cut Patmon off again by getting ahead of him.

While handcuffing Patmon on the ground, Saulters threatens to use a stun gun on him when Patmon doesn't immediately place his hands behind his back. "If you still have concerns I will discuss them with you if you contact me".

Saulters is then heard asking Patmon if he's injured, to which Patmon replies, "Man, you hit me with your auto!" as witnesses gather around the scene.

According to ABC, Taylor Saulters was placed on administrative leave and then fired after officials watched the encounter.

Patmon was treated for scrapes and bruises following the incident, with Saulters later fired for violating department policies and procedures.

"I appreciate that, because that make them look bad, and I know good and well they trainers don't train no one to run over people's children", Brown said. Jerry Saulters, heads the department's criminal investigative division, WSBTV reported.