The Atlanta police officer already under investigation for a fatal shooting and an alleged assault had received prior complaints from citizens claiming he used unnecessary force, the officer’s personnel file reveals.
Neither of those complaints, stemming from separate incidents within a two-week period in 2007, led to any disciplinary action against Investigator Yasin Abdulahad, an 11-year APD veteran.
Abdulahad is also under investigation for allegedly beating a man outside a Midtown nightclub, where the officer was moonlighting as a security guard. Anthony Walters, 25, sustained serious facial injuries that Abdulahad said occurred because the suspect had fallen after resisting arrest.
Walters has yet to talk to police but disputes Abdulahad’s account. His attorneys say had their client struck the officer, as Abdulahad contends, he would’ve been charged with more than disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.
The first complaint from 2007 was not sustained, meaning there is “insufficient evidence … that the employee committed the violation,” according to APD’s Office of Professional Standards. Abdulahad was exonerated for the second incident. Atlanta police did not release details of either complaint.
Abdulahad was the subject of a handful of internal complaints, for infractions including punctuality, sleeping on duty and disobeying a supervisor. But he was rated either “effective” or “highly effective” on his most recent performance evaluations.
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