Transcript for 2 college students speak out on being struck with taser by police at protest
Back now with two college students who had a harrowing experience during protests in Atlanta. Officers tased them dragging them from their car and we have an exclusive interview with the students after this look at what we caution you it is hard to watch. Stop. Stop. Reporter: It's the kind of encounter sparking protests across the country. Stop, stop. Reporter: Body cam video capturing Atlanta police violently confronting two college students over the weekend. Messiah young and Taniyah pilgrim say they were getting something to eat when they got stuck in traffic during a protest. Get out of the car. No. Reporter: What happened next made them fear for their lives. I'm getting out. Get out. Get out. Reporter: Moments later one of the officers smashes the window before using a stun gun to drag them out of the car. Young suffered a fractured arm needed 20 stitches. But the pain felt by the community quickly turned to anger. Use of excessive force is never acceptable? We are joined by messiah young and Taniyah pilgrim along with their attorneys mawuli Davis and Chris Stewart. Thanks for joining us. Me sigh yashgs I see the big cast on your arm. How are you feeling this morning? Considering the circumstance, I'm doing okay. So walk us through what happened on Saturday night. We were kind of in a traffic jam. It was very hard to move, very hard to get down the street. It was bumper to bumper and I see a friend of mine on the sidewalk, so, of course, naturally I just say, hey, what's up, you know, I'm talking to him making sure he's okay. This probably lasted about ten seconds and all of a sudden he just is tackled, just like straight separated from the car. He was literally an inch away from where I was like from the passenger seat or from the driver's seat, I'm sorry and he was just taken aback. They literally just threw him to the ground and tackled him. Soon there was just so many cops swarming the car literally just out of nowhere and from then it was just utter chaos like -- Taniyah, I know it's hard to you felt right in that moment you might die in that car. Yeah, I actually thought both me and messiah were going to die. Like the way everything happened so fast, there was no telling what could happen in the next moment because from ten seconds before to the time it was going on, like who could have predicted any of this? Do you have any sense of why the officers were so aggressive so quickly? Basically just because when they tackled him we were there basically like we saw what happened like we were there. We saw everything. We were so in shock so like who knew it was going to happen. We had no clue. The officers, two of the officers have been fired and three others put on desk duty. Mr. Davis, what more do you expect -- what more do you want to have happen now in the department with those officers? We would like for the officers to be criminally prosecuted. Additionally there were other officers, what was captured on film was not the end of the torment that these two young people experienced and so there are other officers that we want the city to hold accountable and we want them fired and prosecuted as well so that has to happen for there to be any sense of justice for these young people and their family. Mr. Stewart, will you be taking civil action as well? Definitely. Right now we're already starting to work on all the proper documents and getting the lawsuit ready, but this is going to be bigger than a lawsuit. There have to be fundamental changes with policing. I mean, just look across the country. And messiah, what is your message now having gone through this to everyone watching at home about what happened, about the police, about what kind of changes you want to see now in the country? At this point, this just needs to be cease. All of the brutality in every department throughout the country, it just needs to end. We are sorry for what happened to you. Thank you for sharing your stories with us this morning. Thank you, guy, so much. Thank you. Thank you. So hard to imagine they had to go through that. What a traumatic experience.
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