Georgia Police Officer Is Fired After Striking Man With Patrol Car

Clay Curtis
June 5, 2018

Athens-Clarke County Police Department released bodycam footage of Officer Taylor Saulters striking Timmy Patmon, 23, during a chase Friday in east Athens. After initially trying to block the man, who was identified as Timmy Patmon, Saulters used his vehicle to ram Patmon and send him flying across the hood of his cruiser.

Patmon was wanted on a felony probation warrant, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Another officer, Taylor Saulters, follows in the patrol vehicle and "In his first attempt to block Patmon from escaping, Saulters hits the curb and flattens a tire on his patrol auto". The suspect is then seen rolling onto the hood of the auto. After unsuccessfully pulling in front of Patmon as a roadblock, he then charges his auto after Patmon, knocking him to the ground. One woman is heard saying, "You didn't have to hit that man like that".

Patmon's mother saw him on the ground and feared the worst.

"Give us your hands now, or you're gonna get Tased", Saulters tells Patmon. The officer tried again to get ahead of Patmon, and ultimately collided with the suspect at what authorities described as a low speed on the road. Make the right decision'.

Officers requested an ambulance for Patmon, who was assessed to have suffered cuts and bruises.

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Saulters is then heard asking Patmon if he's injured, to which Patmon replies, "Man, you hit me with your auto!" as witnesses gather around the scene.

Salters was placed on administrative leave right after the incident, but after a review of the body camera footage, he was terminated.

He was later charged with violating his probation and obstructing a law enforcement officer. His father, Capt. Jerry Saulters, heads the department's criminal investigation division.

"I understand that what he did, I under it was wrong, but they didn't have to run over him", Patmon said.

The Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Bureau of Investigations are also conducting their own independent investigations of the June 1 event.

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