Jonathan Fraser is now facing felony charges of aggravated assault and violating his oath as a police officer, according to OnLineAthens.com.
Fraser lost his job as an Athens-Clarke County police officer.
The video-recorded incident conflicts with the former officer's written incident report.
The crime occurred in Athens, Ga. when Fraser encountered University of Georgia student Michael Roquet on June 13.
The video reveals that some police officers cross the line of prudence when making arrests and vindicates the mandated use of body cams by police officers.
It also contradicts the notion that only blacks are victims of badge bullies.
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An Athens-Clarke County police officer strikes an intoxicated University of Georgia student several times in the body with a baton. He then knocks the student to the ground with a baton blow to the head. As the student kneels down with his head almost touching the sidewalk, the student cries out in pain as he is struck two more times by the officer’s baton.
That is what video from the officer’s body camera shows of the encounter between Jonathan Fraser and Michael Roquet early the morning of June 13. The video provides evidence of why Fraser is no longer a cop. The 17-year veteran of the local police force last month was fired and is now facing felony charges of aggravated assault and violating his oath as a police officer.
The video, a copy of which was obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald, shows an encounter that unfolded much differently than how Fraser had described it in a police incident report. He wrote that Roquet was combative and resisted his attempts to arrest him on a public intoxication charge. Fraser wrote he had to use his baton to get Roquet to comply.
An internal investigation concluded Fraser lied and used excessive force in arresting Roquet. Among other things, according to police documents, the investigation obtained additional footage from a surveillance camera at a fraternity house where the incident occurred. Police said that video clearly shows Fraser striking Roquet in the head, an action which constituted the use of “deadly force.”
Athens-Clarke County Assistant Police Chief Carter Greene, then acting as interim chief, referred the matter to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which ultimately secured warrants charging Fraser with the two felonies.
The GBI would not release that video, as it is evidence in an ongoing criminal prosecution.
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