Officer could be suspended for drawing gun on kids in fort


Internal investigators recommended officer Joseph Collins be suspended and retrained for his actions in the woods that day.

HENRY COUNTY, Ga - A police officer may be suspended for pulling a gun on children playing in a tree fort.

In late March, an 11-year-old and his friends were building a fort in the trees when two Henry County Police officers drove up.

One of the boys, Omari Grant, told Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant an officer drew his gun, then used foul language as he ordered the boys to the ground.

Omari admitted the boys damaged some trees but the parents of the children still filed an excessive force complaint.

It’s been a month since the Henry County incident and families of the young children tell Diamant they are still angry.

“I can’t understand why it’s taking so long,” said parent Ferrol Williams. “They said it would take two weeks.”

Williams’ 11-year-old son, Ferrod, was involved in the incident. Williams told Diamant he’s been waiting for answers for nearly a month.

Thursday afternoon, Channel 2 Action News confirmed the internal investigation is over and officer Joseph Collins is named as the one who pulled the gun.

Investigators recommended Collins be suspended and retrained for his actions in the woods that day.

Officials say Collins will have a due process hearing with the chief before the disciplinary recommendation is finalized. The chief will decide on a suspension and the length.

Diamant learned that Collins, who joined the department in 2008, has no previous complaints and has the right to appeal.

However that may not be the end of the incident.

 "My wife has some other things planned that she might take action depending on the outcome of this, so we just have to sit and wait," Williams said.