Atlanta officers who were fired after stun-gun arrest sue police department, city

Two Atlanta police officers who were fired for pulling two college students from a car and using stun guns on them during protests against police brutality are suing the city mayor and police chief.

Former Investigators Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter filed a lawsuit against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields on Monday.

The lawsuit alleges that the officers were fired in violation of the city's code, without investigation, proper notice, or a pre-disciplinary hearing.

Former Atlanta police officers Ivory Streeter, left, and Mark Gardner were fired for an incident with two college students during protests in the death of George.

Former Atlanta police officers Ivory Streeter, left, and Mark Gardner were fired for an incident with two college students during protests in the death of George. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Bottoms and Shields have said they reviewed body camera footage from the May 30 incident and decided to fire the officers and place three others on desk duty. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard brought criminal charges on June 2 against Gardner, Streeter and four other officers involved in the incident.

Gardner and Streeter are charged with aggravated assault — Gardner for using a Taser against 20-year-old Taniyah Pilgrim and Streeter for using a Taser against 22-year-old Messiah Young — according to warrants.

Pilgrim and Young, who are dating, are students at different historically black colleges near downtown Atlanta. Pilgrim was released the night of the incident with no charges. Young was arrested and charged with eluding police, but the mayor has said she ordered the charges dropped.

“I feel a little safer now that these monsters are off of the street and no longer able to terrorize anyone else,” said Young, who was dragged from the vehicle along with Pilgrim.

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In their lawsuit, the fired officers seek reinstatement to their jobs, as well as back pay and benefits. The suit states that the officers were denied due process and that the other officers who "engaged in substantially similar conduct" were not dismissed.

Fox News has reached out to the mayor’s office and the Atlanta Police Department seeking comment.

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Lawyers for the college students have said their clients were caught in traffic caused by a protest over the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody. Four Minneapolis officers have been arrested and charged in Floyd’s death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.