Usually, when the cops pull someone over for DUI, it’s because they suspect that the driver is, in fact, intoxicated. They look for certain things like bloodshot eyes and open containers. They check to see if they smell the odor of alcohol. If they notice these telltale things, they’re going to ask you to get out of the car. At this point, they’ll ask you to perform a field sobriety test. They’ll also ask if you’re willing to undergo a breathalyzer test. What they should not do is assault a DUI suspect as they try to get out of the car. These are the allegations made by Tyler Griffin, a driver in Atlanta who was arrested for DUI earlier this year. 2 Atlanta officers under investigation after DUI suspect is tackled to the ground.
According to Griffin, he noticed an unmarked car following him down the road one day so he pulled into a private driveway. The officers pulled up behind him and ordered him to get out of the car. He did so and, while he was getting out, one of the officers put his hand in Griffin’s face. Griffin went to move his hand away. The next thing he knew, he was being tackled by two officers.
During the tackling incident, Griffin broke his ankle in multiple place. He was put in a boot and was forced to use a scooter to get around. He ended up getting fired from his job because he couldn’t perform due to his injuries.
Griffin formally demanded that the incident be investigated and that the officers be fired. Now, 6 months later, it appears the officers are actually being investigated. While Internal Affairs is not willing to discuss the matter, we expect an update soon.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with DUI, contact our office.