Atlanta police arrested an 18-year-old teenager for allegedly making death threats online against two officers who were seen in a viral video brawling with a suspect during a drug arrest, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Sadrious Sebastian Brown is accused of making these death threats on his Instagram page, which have since been deleted, Channel 2 reported.
The post allegedly included a photo of the two officers dressed in their uniforms with a caption that said, “If you see these two sho(o)t at them,” Channel 2 reported.
Brown was arrested July 10 and charged with felony terroristic threats, according to Fulton County Jail records. Channel 2 reported the Department of Homeland Security is involved in an investigation.
The brawl the two officers were involved in took place July 9 and led to the arrest of Harold and Jennifer Barnwell, who now face charges of obstruction. Harold Barnwell also faces marijuana possession charges.
Atlanta police released the cellphone video of the incident to AJC.com after an edited portion surfaced on social media Thursday and went viral.
“We are aware of the video and the complaint filed with our Office of Professional Standards,” the department said in a statement. “We will investigate the matter and take appropriate action if it is determined any departmental polices or procedures were not followed.”
Sgt. Dominique Pattillo was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee told AJC.com.
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