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Atlanta police officer is fired after VIDEO shows him Tasing and beating a woman over a speeding ticket in front of her sobbing 4-Y-O daughter

Thomas spoke out on May 14 after getting an apology from Atlanta's police chief and having the charge dropped against her

  • Maggie Thomas was arrested outside her Atlanta apartment complex on May 1
  • Video recorded by witness shows Sgt James Hines repeatedly Tasering Thomas, throwing her on the ground and punching her in the face 
  • Hines claimed in his report that he punched Thomas in the left eye after she bit him, but the woman denies it 
  • Last week, police recommended that all charges be dropped against Thomas 
  • Hines, a 16-year veteran of the department, was terminated on May 17 for unnecessary use of force  

An Atlanta police officer has been fired for repeatedly using a stun gun on a woman and punching her in the face in front of her sobbing four-year-old daughter.

Atlanta police say they found Sgt. James Hines' use of force was unnecessary.

An incident report says Hines was patrolling behind an apartment building when he encountered Maggie Thomas, who was sitting in a car with her daughter. She had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket.

Cop tases woman in front of her 4-year-old over speeding ticket
Maggie Thomas was violently arrested in front of her 4-year-old daughter in Atlanta on May 1
Sgt James Hines Tasered Thomas multiple times and punched her in the face

Maggie Thomas was violently arrested in front of her 4-year-old daughter in Atlanta on May 1 (left). Sgt James Hines Tasered Thomas multiple times and punched her in the face (right)

Hines (pictured pinning down Thomas) said she was being arrest on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket

Hines (pictured pinning down Thomas) said she was being arrest on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket 

Thomas says she was holding her daughter when she was first shocked. She dialed 911 and alerted neighbors by using her head to honk the horn. 

Witnesses recorded the violent arrest, and the video has since gone viral on social media. 

Thomas' daughter can be heard in the recording crying hysterically and screaming at her mother, 'Are you going to jail?'

Thomas' disorderly conduct charge was dropped last week.

The incident unfolded at around 8pm of May 1 when Sgt Hines pulled up next to Thomas' parked silver Infiniti, in which she and her daughter were sitting outside their apartment complex in northeast Atlanta.

According to Thomas, Hines approached her asking if someone had been driving her car, to which she said, 'No.'

Hines briefly left, then returned, telling Thomas that her car has no insurance policy on it, to which she replied that it is the reason that no one has been driving it.

Hines left again and came back 15 minutes later, announcing to Thomas, 'Today is your lucky day.'

Thomas was repeatedly hit with a stun gun after resisting arrest, then thrown to the ground

Thomas was repeatedly hit with a stun gun after resisting arrest, then thrown to the ground  

Her daughter is heard in the video crying and screaming, 'Are you going to jail?'

Her daughter is heard in the video crying and screaming, 'Are you going to jail?' 

Sgt James Hines was fired on May 17

Thomas was booked into the city jail on a charge of disorderly conduct, which has since been dismissed (left). Sgt James Hines (right) was fired on May 17

After asking Thomas for her name, the woman said the officer snatched her by her left arm and slapped a handcuff on her wrist as she was on the phone with a friend.

Hines ordered Thomas to hand over the phone, but the woman refused and instead dialed 911 after she said the sergeant threatened to Taser her.

With an emergency dispatcher on the line, Thomas said Hines hit her with the stun gun while her daughter was still holding onto her.

According to Thomas, Hines then put her in a chokehold, threw her to the ground, drove his foot into her back, restrained both her wrists, then used the Taser on her a second time.

Hines attempted to lead Thomas to his patrol car, but the woman resisted, saying that she did not feel comfortable going with him.

‘When I say, that he punches me in my left eye, throws me back on the ground and he's on top of me,’ Thomas said in a video recorded and shared by her attorney on Facebook.

According to an arrest report, Hines punched Thomas in the face after she bit him on the hand - a claim she denies.

Hines' report acknowledges that he had 'no visible marks from being bitten.'

‘Are you trying to kill me?’ Thomas can be heard saying in the video as the officer sat on top of her.

By that point, additional officers arrived on the scene as backup and pushed Hines away from the woman.

Thomas was eventually bundled into another officer's patrol vehicle and taken to a police station, where a high-ranking police officer informed her that it appears she has a warrant out for failure to appear in court for a speeding ticket, but they could not confirm it.

Thomas spoke out on May 14 after getting an apology from Atlanta's police chief and having the charge dropped against her

Thomas spoke out on May 14 after getting an apology from Atlanta's police chief and having the charge dropped against her

Instead of arresting her on the warrant, police cited Thomas for disorderly conduct stemming from her altercation with Sgt Hines.

‘I was really disappointed with APD, the whole entire staff,’ Thomas said, ‘because it felt like it could have been handled differently.’

On May 14, Thomas and her attorney, Gerald Griggs, met with Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who they said apologized to the woman and her daughter for the incident.

That same day, police announced there were recommending that charges be dropped against Thomas.

Following an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, Sgt Hines was dismissed from duty effective May 17 for using force during Thomas' arrest that was 'unnecessary and inconsistent with Atlanta Police Department training,' reported Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

Hines had been on the force since December 2002 and earned the rank of sergeant in 2012. His professional record shows no disciplinary actions. 

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Comment by mr1stroke on June 4, 2019 at 11:49am

nothing will chnage if all niggers can do is cry and begg, i mean when the last time the negros step to capital hill other than begg that democratic congress who dont give a damn about whats going to black people, niggers are too laxy they like to wait on the white men to save them and the white men is the one telling those white cops to keep you in check have any negros read the laws lately, and when you do go back to the 1800s and tell me the difference

Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on May 23, 2019 at 12:55am

He was truly ,trying to kill her- probably so she couldn't file a complaint that he can't erase from his spotless record of employment. He was doing it all in a dark secluded spot without any backup,  because backup officers have records to protect too. I believe that he was truly in fear of his life,  in that usually when officers in these conditions  (alone/in dark seclusion /altercation with suspect ) they lose their own lives due to blindside /hindsight  (unable to see their predicament least of all their own ass.

     I would like to hear his ideas of why he tasered her multiple times while cuffed ad on the ground /in the dirt.

Comment by Mr. Johnson on May 23, 2019 at 12:06am
A devil never shed there true colors
Comment by Pearls on May 22, 2019 at 10:23pm
Thank goodness for videos!!!
Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 22, 2019 at 9:43pm
All these politicians want black vote but not one of them is talking about what the cops are doing to black people.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 22, 2019 at 9:42pm
Now that he is not a cop, find his b**** asd and beat him like a runaway slave. I hope she sue, and I hope he goes to jail.

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