Willie Sauls Wiki – Willie Sauls Biography
Willie Sauls 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.
Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim Arrest
Mayor Bottoms called footage of the Saturday night arrests “disturbing,” adding, “We understand that our officers are working very long hours under an enormous amount of stress, but we also understand that the use of excessive force is never acceptable.”
At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, NAACP president the Reverend James Woodall said, “We are deeply disturbed by the inaction that has come in the wake of the deaths of countless African-Americans in the state and are calling for swift and immediate action to resolve every single demand that we have outlined here. Two local college students were violently detained in a way that highlights the urgency for us to save Black lives,” according to WSB-TV.
Six Officers Charged
On Saturday night, Young, a student at Morehouse College, and Pilgrim, a student at Spelman College, were arrested after a 9 p.m. curfew went into effect throughout Atlanta. During the arrest, both students were tased and reporters claim that police slashed their tires. Pilgrim was pulled from the vehicle screaming before officers forced her onto the ground, where her hands were cuffed behind her back. Young was also pulled from the car and arrested. The arrests took place live on television, prompting an outcry for justice.
According to ABC, the pair went out to get something to eat and were stuck in traffic in downtown Atlanta. They started talking to Chancellor Myers, also a Morehouse student, on the street when police began arresting Myers. Bodycam footage shows that Young began recording the arrest and begging officers to allow the student to get in the car with them before officers approached Young’s car.
“These are good young people who have a bright future,” said Young’s lawyer, Maluwi Davis.
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.