/  10.01.2020

A former Georgia police officer pleaded guilty to a charge of simple battery after he choked a Black man during a 2017 traffic stop.

On Monday (Sep. 28), David Rose surrendered his law enforcement certification, the local district attorney’s office said in a news release. Additionally, a judge sentenced him to a year of probation and 40 hours of community service as part of the plea deal. Rose will also have to complete an anger management class.

“Through his revealing words and actions, David Rose tarnished the badge that represents all the honorable and brave men and women who serve in law enforcement,” Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo said in a statement. “I am satisfied that he has been held accountable for his actions against Desmond Marrow,” he added.

Back in 2017, Rose, who is white, was fired from the department after he was caught on camera using unnecessary force during the arrest of Desmond Marrow, a former NFL player. The officer placed his hands on the victim’s throat for several seconds.

Marrow said, “I can’t breathe,” as another officer tried to get him to settle down. He eventually lost consciousness.

In 2018, Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman revealed that an in-car camera system also caught Rose saying that he would exclude the choking from his police report.

During an online news conference, Marrow, who signed a contract with the Houston Texans in 2012, said the arrest affected his gym business and his marriage. He also compared his situation to that of George Floyd’s — a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer placed a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes.

“I learned to just not take those things for granted,” he said. Marrow’s attorneys are now calling on county officials to reach a settlement over the incident.


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