Avi Selk, The Washington Post Published 12:06 pm, Sunday, June 3, 2018 Now Playing: A police officer is fired after he hits a suspect with his vehicle. Media: Buzz 60 The following story is based on body camera footage and police statements regarding an incident in which a rookie officer drove his squad car into a fleeing suspect, causing him to be fired from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department within hours. — The call came in at 7:30 p.m. Friday: Timmy Patmon was running. There was a warrant out for him for violating probation on a drug charge last year – meth and less than an ounce of marijuana – and now he was running from an officer through east Athens, Georgia. Officer Taylor Saulters sat in a squad car on a side street a few blocks away, listening to the call. He looked to his left, then his right. Then he threw the car into reverse and turned down Vine Street, sirens blaring, wipers flicking light rain off the windshield. He accelerated down a narrow street of low-roofed houses and veered left at a fork – at an intersection that used to be called the “Iron Triangle” during the crack… Read full this story
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