In cellphone video of the incident obtained by Channel 2, a man identified as Haywood is heard asking Williams, “Who wants some?”
"He kicks me, he missed,” Williams said in an interview with the news station. “It took a priest and two ladies to get him away.”
Police said Haywood was upset about being denied a flight.
“During the investigation, a Spirit Airlines representative advised officers that Mr. Haywood was denied service due to being on their ‘no fly list’ and he did not provide identification,” Daugherty said.
After arguing with the airline representatives, Haywood reportedly became aggressive with other travelers before he singled out Williams.
Several officers struggled to detain Haywood, who Daugherty said was not compliant and threatened police. One of the officers sustained a minor hand injury, he said.
Haywood was checked for minor injuries and arrested on charges of battery and obstruction. He bonded out of the Clayton County Jail on Wednesday, records show.
In other news:
Channel 2 Action News has learned police are investigating a shooting outside a club in Southwest Atlanta.