Crowd pelts Atlanta cops with bricks, hammers

ATLANTA — Authorities say a group of residents threw bricks, rocks and hammers at Atlanta police cars amid anger over a recent arrest in their neighborhood east of downtown.

 

Police say the disturbance happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday along Hardee Street.

 

Police the residents were upset about what some consider excessive force used during an arrest by police the day before, which was captured by cell phone video. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campus tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officers used batons and pepper spray during Monday’s arrest.

 

Campos said about 50 people had gathered Tuesday to demonstrate and police units were sent to monitor them before the items were thrown at their cars. The cars were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

 

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