Unarmed, Mentally Ill, Homeless, Black Woman Beaten By Police
"A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
A Dekalb County police officer responded to a call for the removal of Katie McRary, a local homeless woman who has been confirmed to have mental illness. McRary was at the gas station soliciting spare change when the police arrived. Upon the arrival of the police officer, she (again evidencing mental illness) offered a badge number and claimed to be a federal agent. The police report filed by the officer claims she "grabbed his badge, his vest, and his radio" before being physically responded to. The report has yet to be reviewed by the court, but think it a safe assumption to imagine the officer would not remain inanimate during all of this. The unnamed police officer beat her to the ground, and proceeded to beat her with his baton relentlessly while yanking the woman about the floor for the better part of 2 minutes. The Huffington Post reported that "people" were in the background asking her to stop resisting. The fact is, only one person is on the recording, stating the words "stop resisting" repeatedly in monotone, likely for the sake of the video. The same Huffington Post article likewise claims that the woman was seen attempting to kick the officer from the ground. This is also untrue, and the released video is included here for you to watch yourself. As though he had not yet neutralized the obvious danger he was in, the police also threatened to shoot the woman he had by the arm should she not let go. Amazing he felt as though he had to threaten the life of the unarmed female on the ground. After all of this, she was transported to the Grady Memorial hospital and then jailed.