District Attorney: No felony charges against ex-football player, arresting officer fired
HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - The Henry County District Attorney's Office said former college and NFL football player Desmond Marrow will not face any felony charges.
An Internal Affairs investigation revealed the arresting officer used unnecessary force and has been terminated, according to the Henry County Police department.
The incident, which became national news after Marrow posted a video on his Instagram page Thursday, May 5, actually happened in December 2017. In the video, officers were seen slamming Marrow to the ground during an arrest. In their report, the officers said that Marrow resisted arrest and was visibly agitated.
“It's a situation you never hear, a victim of a hate crime and then you're a victim of police brutality. You know when you're growing up the police are taught to protect and serve and when that doesn't happen it's kinda like ‘What's really going on here?’” Marrow said Thursday during a press conference.
One of the Henry County Police officers involved in the arrest had been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
"I concurred with the findings of the Internal Affairs investigation and terminated Officer Rose's employment with the Henry County Police Department," Captain Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department said Thursday.
“I just want to say the situation is bigger than me. I speak for the people that have been in the same predicament and they died or they're not here to talk about their situation. So, it's a win, it's a victory for their moms, for their families, along with my mom and my family,” said Marrow.
The Henry County District Attorney's decision to drop felony charges comes on the heels of a recent push by Marrow's attorney and other groups asking Henry County officials to dismiss the felony charges that came after his December arrest.
"It has been made crystal clear that the basis for this charge is built upon false statements by Officer Rose after a review of the videotape and the charge MUST be dropped," Marrow's attorney wrote in a letter.
"There can be no obstruction for an unlawful arrest," it continues. "Mr. Marrow was the victim of a hate crime and tried to explain that to the officers."
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At the time, Marrow faced charges of terroristic threats, reckless driving, and obstruction of law enforcement, attorneys said. The charge of terroristic threats was later dropped.
The Henry County police chief asked the district attorney to launch an independent investigation, which included a civilian review board. The Henry County District Attorney's office says the misdemeanor charges are being transferred to the Office of the Solicitor-General.
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"I have seen the video and I do have my concerns. There are some concerns. But there's a lot more to this incident than what happened on that video and we need to look at all of the facts and circumstances to get to the truth," the chief said from police headquarters Monday afternoon.
You can read the whole letter sent to Henry County officials below: