A shocking video from 2014 showing an off-duty Atlanta police officer savagely beating a man who he falsely accused of stealing a tomato is drawing outrage after it was released this week.
The victim, Tyrone Carnegay, was left with a broken leg and a severed artery, and was handcuffed to a hospital bed and spent three days in jail before the absurd charges were dropped.
In the video, the officer is seen approaching Carnegay as he walks towards the exit. He then suddenly pulls out his baton and quickly begins mercilessly beating Carnegay.
Carnegay spoke to WSBTV to recount the incident. “He’s giving me a verbal command as he’s grabbing me, he’s beating me at the same time,” he said. As the beating continued, Carnegay said, “My leg started giving out.”
Carnegay said the officer never asked for a receipt or told him why he was questioning him. After Carnegay was on the ground and in handcuffs, the officer reached into his pocket and found his receipt, which Carnegay said proved that he did pay for the produce.
Carnegay’s lawyer Craig Jones has said that the entire incident could have been avoided with one simple question. “Somebody could have come up to him and said, ‘Excuse me sir, do you have [a] receipt for that tomato?’ and he would’ve shown him the receipt,” the attorney said. “The officer went into Robocop mode and beat the crap out of him.”
A Walmart representative said that they have not yet received the lawsuit, but assured the news channel that “We take the matter seriously. We will review the allegations and respond appropriately with the court.”
Carengay still suffers from the attack, and now has a titanium rod in his leg, leaving him with a noticeable limp. The lawsuit names Walmart, the manager, and the off-duty officer. A settlement is possible, but if the case goes to trial, it could take years before Carnegy gets any of the damages he most certainly deserves.
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