Georgia officer fired after video shows former Cardinal Mooney player being choked

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Officials say a Georgia police officer has been kicked off the force for choking former Cardinal Mooney football player and NFL prospect Desmond Marrow during an arrest in December.

Henry County’s police chief said Thursday that the officer was fired after an internal affairs investigation deemed his use of force unnecessary.

The chief said Officer David Rose is heard on his in-car video camera saying he choked Marrow and planned to leave that out of the police report.

Marrow posted video of the incident to social media in late April. It shows an officer putting his hand on Marrow’s neck while Marrow screams several times that he can’t breathe.

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In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Marrow said the police chief and DA handled the investigations well.

“The message to police is that I forgive them. People make mistakes, they’re human, but the best thing I would say is that they got it right. Things are moving along. My lawyers, they stepped in. I’ve only known them for two weeks. This was five months ago so they got a lot done, so everything is moving the way I’d like it.”

An attorney for Marrow said they still want to see criminal charges brought against Rose.

Police say Marrow’s arrest stemmed from an alleged road rage incident.

The DA’s office said it’s dismissing a felony charge of obstruction of an officer against Marrow.

Misdemeanor charges, including reckless and aggressive driving, are still being reviewed.

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