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Atlanta Police Officer Fired After Stun Gun Death of Church Deacon

An officer connected to the death of Johnny Hollman, a 62-year-old church deacon, who died after he was shocked with a stun gun, has been fired by the Atlanta Police Department. Hollman's family and their lawyers are urging Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to release the bodycam footage showing the moments leading up to his death, USA Today reports. The responding officer, Kiran Kimbrough, was terminated on Monday after an Atlanta Police Department review found he violated standard operating procedures during Hollman's arrest, said Police Chief Darin Schierbaum.


The altercation between Hollman and Kimbrough occurred on Aug. 10 after police responded to a minor traffic accident. Hollman became agitated after Kimbrough issued a citation finding him at fault. When officers attempted to arrest Hollman, a "physical struggle" ensued, and Kimbrough shocked Hollman, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the officer's use of force. By the time police took Hollman into custody, he was unresponsive, and he died at a hospital. "We believe that what we witnessed in that five minutes that we were shown was murder, that it was unjustifiable homicide," said Mawuli Davis, an attorney for Hollman's family who viewed the footage.

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