On Saturday night, Atlanta residents were alerted of a curfew that had just been implemented that began at 9 p.m. EST. This left many people who were looking to enjoy their Saturday night in the city instead spend their night in the comfort of their own homes. However, despite the recent upheaval across the nation as citizens take to the streets to protest against the murder of George Floyd, and police killings/brutality, some cops still do not get the memo.
It was all caught on live television. Recent Morehouse and Spelman College graduates, Messiah Young, and Taniyah Pilgrim, were simply trying to get home after being notified of the curfew. That’s when they were stopped by Atlanta Police. Their tires were slashed, and in the video, you can see the police smashing the window and tasing Young and Pilgrim.
According to tweets from family and friends, they were dragged out of the car and beaten and arrested. Messiah however had an epileptic shock as a result of being tased and was taken to a nearby hospital. Taniyah was released from police custody and after being treated at the hospital. Messiah remains in police custody.
A friend of the two, Samaiya Butler, quickly organized a GoFundMe in response to her friends being assaulted by police officers. Within hours, the fundraiser had garnered over $35,000 in donations, exceeding the $5,000 goal.
Click here for the GoFundMe link to help Messiah and Taniyah.