Charges filed against ex-football player, Lawyer says police tried to cover up excessive force

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ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for a former college football player say police and elected officials in a Georgia county tried to cover up excessive force used by officers during his arrest last year.

Henry County police arrested Desmond Marrow on Dec. 2 while responding to reports of a road rage situation. Video of the arrest that circulated widely online in April showed officers forcefully taking a handcuffed Marrow to the ground.

Marrow used to play football for Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown. 

Henry County police Chief Mark Amerman in May fired Officer David Rose, saying an internal investigation determined the officer used unnecessary force and purposely left information out of his report.

Lawyers for Marrow filed a lawsuit Monday in Henry County State Court. They say an initial police internal investigation in December cleared the officers of wrongdoing. They say that only after the arrest video went viral was a proper investigation done.

A prosecutor in Georgia has filed charges against Marrow.

Henry County Solicitor General Pam Bettis filed charges on Thursday against. He faces charges of obstruction of officers, reckless driving, aggressive driving, and disorderly conduct.

Marrow’s attorneys said in an email that the charges are an attempt to silence Marrow and his legal team.

Henry County officials didn’t respond Monday to phone and email messages seeking comment.

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