A prosecutor has announced felony charges against an Atlanta-area police officer who was captured on video hitting a homeless woman inside a convenience store.
Cellphone video forced prosecutors to reconsider the use-of-force case involving DeKalb County officer Phillip Larscheid from two years ago.
The officer was called to a Decatur gas station for a shoplifting and loitering call involving Katie McCrary but when she tried to leave and push past the officer, he beat her with his baton.
The GBI then turned over its findings to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.
“We determined that the case warranted proprietorial action and presented the case today to the grand jury for one count of aggravated assault and one count of violation of oath of office, both felony charges,” said DeKalb County district attorney Sherry Boston.
McCrary was arrested and taken to jail but her injuries looked so severe the jail wouldn’t take her, and sent her to the hospital instead.
The charges against McCrary have been dropped.