DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Two DeKalb County police officers were arrested Tuesday night. Authorities said they attacked a teen in their custody.
Channel 2’s Ryan Young attended a news conference the next morning, where county officials, including county CEO Burrell Ellis and Police Chief William O'Brien, discussed the arrests.
“I commend Chief O’Brien and the DeKalb County Police Department on not only being transparent, but taking swift action,” Ellis said.
The officers at the center of the investigation are Blake Norwood and Arthur Parker. Police said they arrested 18-year-old Travarrius Williams on charges stemming from an attempted break-in at a house Tuesday night. During the arrest, Williams spit in one of the officer’s faces, and they drove him to the department’s south precinct, police said.
Another officer walked in on the pair beating up the handcuffed teen behind the precinct garage and alerted a supervisor, O’Brien said.
“When he got over there, he saw that individual was handcuffed, and the two officers assaulting the suspect immediately stopped,” O’Brien said.
Norwood and Parker were subsequently charged with battery and violation of office. The two, who had both been on the force for three years, have been let go from the department.