College Student Recalls Tragic Incident, Says ‘I thought I might be killed’

College student Taniyah Pilgrim says she feared that she might not stay alive when police were using a Taser on her friend Messiah Young and pulled Pilgrim out of a vehicle that the pair was riding in during Saturday’s street protests in Atlanta.

Demonstrators had begun taking to the streets of the city in protest at George Floyd ‘s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota — as well as those of other black men at police hands. Video shows officers breaking windows on a vehicle in downtown Atlanta, yanking a woman out of the vehicle and tasting a man. The occupants of the vehicle were subsequently known as Pilgrim and Young — students, both historically black schools, at Spelman and Morehouse colleges.

The Atlanta protest has been one of many retained in numerous U.S. cities. It is demanding an end to police killings of black citizens. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Tuesday that six Atlanta police officers. They are charged with using excessive force during the incident. Two of those officers were fired.

He says he still hasn’t watched the incident video.

Young injured his wrist and has about twenty stitches in his forearm. It is along with bruises all across his ribs, Young said. Pilgrim said the incident had a traumatizing effect.

Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, all these people die every day and for that reason, people are out protesting. At those marches, it is still happening. We see that every day, practically. “And it is just not OK,” Young said. In a police report, one of the officers wrote that he used his stun gun. It is because he was uncertain whether Pilgrim or Young were being armed.

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