The former DeKalb Officer of the Year maintains his innocence. He was initially cleared of any wrongdoing in an internal investigation of the 2017 encounter.
But the investigation was re-opened after cell phone video of the incident surfaced.
“The problem with video is you don’t see the officer’s point of view,” said Lance LoRusso, Larscheid’s attorney.
Detail of the narrative portion of the police report filed in the convenience store altercation. DeKalb police redacted the officer's name before they released the report to the public. He was later identified as Officer P.J. Larscheid.
But prosecutors say the footage was impossible to ignore. It shows Larscheid striking Katie McCrary at least a dozen times all over her body before pinning her head to the floor with his baton. The officer was responding to a call from a Decatur gas station alleging shoplifting.
McCrary, 39, had been arrested at least seven times in DeKalb -- mostly on drug and prostitution charges -- in the years before her confrontation with Larscheid. Relatives have said she struggles with mental health issues.
Attorney Glenda Hatchett, who represents McCrary, said her client continues to suffer “both physical and extreme emotional trauma from this incident.”