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January 19, 2019

Georgia cop investigated after alleged punching of man caught on video

January 10, 2019
Amor Ellison was aggressively taken down by three officers in a parking lot in Carroll County, Ga. after he refused to disclose his address (YouTube / Freedom to Film)

A Georgia police officer appeared to punch a 20-year-old man during a confrontation — and now he’s under investigation.

Amor Ellison was aggressively taken down by three officers in a parking lot in Carroll County, Ga. after he refused to disclose his address, WSB-TV reported.

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The encounter was captured on cell phone video by a witness.

In the video, one of the officer’s asked Ellison for his address, which he refused, prompting his arrest.

“Hey, shut up. Let me tell you something real quick. I’m going to ask you again, and if you don’t answer I’m going to lock you up,” five-year department veteran Cpt. C.J. Meeks said.

Ellison can be heard saying he “never resisted.”

“I tried to turn over, but the way all three of them were trying to handle me, I can barely get over in time, so he punched me,” Ellison told WSB-TV. “I had both hands behind my back, and he punched me one more time.”

He explained he was simply picking up a paycheck from a place he used to work, when a manager called police.

“Carrollton Police Department is aware of the video circulating on Facebook involving a citizen and officers. The incident is currently under investigation by Internal Affairs. Thank you,” the department wrote to Facebook Wednesday.

Police didn’t wait for a formal complaint to investigate.

“When I saw that video on social media, I knew we had to look into this,” Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards told WSB-TV.

“We do the right thing for the right reason, and the right thing will be done in this situation.”

Body camera footage will be reviewed as the internal investigation continues.

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