The husband of a woman beaten during an arrest last month in DeKalb County says she wasn’t resisting and deserves justice.
Antoine McCrary cringed as he watched the viral video of his wife, Katie, being struck repeatedly with a baton by DeKalb police Officer P.J. Larscheid.
“I’m filled with anger,” McCrary told Channel 2 Action News. “I’m filled with hurt.”
That video surfaced on social media over the weekend, prompting outrage and a follow-up investigation by the police department's internal affairs division, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
Katie McCrary was evaluated at Grady Memorial Hospital after the June 4 incident at a Chevron gas station. She was later booked in the DeKalb jail on an obstruction charge and released June 5, jail records show.
Now, Antoine McCrary told the news station he believes Larscheid is guilty of police brutality.
“She was not technically fighting,” McCrary told Channel 2. “She was trying to block the hits from the baton.”
Antoine McCrary said his wife suffers from mental health issues but wouldn’t fight an officer.
“To me my wife is one of the kindest persons on Earth,” he said.
DeKalb police announced Tuesday night that Larscheid has been placed on “restrictive/administrative duty.”
“The investigation will cover all aspects of the use of force incident, as well as the original investigation conducted by the officer’s immediate supervisors,” police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said.
That’s what Antoine McCrary said he wants.
“I want justice,” he said. “I want them to investigate this and do right by her.”
Katie McCrary remained in jail Wednesday on an unrelated prostitution charge.
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