Former Atlanta police officer, Matthew Johns, was given 20-years in prison for kicking an unarmed 15-year-old in the head during an arrest.
Johns was charged in 2016 for the incident during which he kicked Antraveious Payne while he was on the ground with his hands above his head.
Payne had been pulled over by police for driving a stolen vehicle and immediately surrendered to the officer. Police dashcam footage caught the whole incident and showed Officer Johns kicking Payne as he lay on the ground.
Payne was hospitalized and was treated for a concussion, a neck strain, cuts and a busted mouth.
Fulton Country District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr., released a statement praising the criminal justice system. Saying, “While criminal justice systems across this country struggle to investigate, prosecute, and hold police officers accountable, in Fulton County a law enforcement officer pleaded guilty today. There were no demonstrations or marches by concerned citizens, no chants, or any destruction of property.”
Howard’s statement continued: “It was not necessary because the criminal justice system did exactly what concerned citizens demand of it; fairness, transparency, and action. The case was investigated by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. No special prosecutor from another jurisdiction was required.”