Armond Jones Wiki – Armond Jones Biography
Armond Jones is identified as the police officer who was involved in the violent arrests of Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim. The two Atlanta students were tased and pulled from their vehicle on live TV, prompting an investigation into the arrests.
On Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that Investigators Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner had been fired from the Atlanta police force after authorities reviewed bodycam footage of the incident. Three additional officers were placed on desk duty pending the ongoing investigation.
Howard commended the Atlanta Police Department for its “outstanding cooperation” during the investigation. Howard said that both Pilgrim and Young were “extremely innocent” and “extremely factual,” and that charges against Young had been dismissed. Howard added that Young and Pilgrim are “two of the nicest people that we had ever gotten the chance to meet in the DA’s office.” Young and Pilgrim both attended the press conference.
“I feel a little safer now that these monsters are off of the street and no longer able to terrorize anyone else from this point on,” Young said. “We just need to make sure that all officers are held accountable and that there really is change moving forward within the culture of policing.”
Reports from several officers after the event claimed that they heard officers say “gun” or saw a gun removed from the vehicle. An early account of the event on Twitter claiming that Young and Pilgrim had a gun was retracted. According to Howard, there was no mention of a firearm while the arrests took place, but after the incident, one of the officers was recorded saying that the pair pulled a gun. Howard confirmed that no firearm was ever located on Pilgrim or Young or in the vehicle.
Howard added that Pilgrim was never charged by police during her arrest. According to Howard, police fractured Young’s wrist during the arrest, and Young was taken to the hospital, where he received 24 stitches for a gash in his arm. According to a statement from Young, an officer punched him in the back upwards of 10 times as he was escorted away from the scene. An early account reported that Young was taken to the hospital for an epileptic event after he was tased. Howard did not mention an epileptic event.