A special prosecutor says former Police Officer Taylor Saulters did not break the law when he hit a black male suspect, Timmy Patmon, with his patrol car in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, on June 1 (raw video below).
Patmon was wanted on a probation violation warrant, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The special prosecutor called Saulters’ actions “reasonable and in accordance with law.”
Saulters, who was fired and then hired by Oglethorpe County, told WSB-TV that he was the real victim:
When it all happened, I had to move because I was receiving death threats. I’m still in shock a little bit. I feel like there’s been a heavy burden lifted off of me and my family’s shoulders.
Oh, I do [stand by my actions] 100 percent. I feel I did nothing wrong.
My family has been put through a lot with this, and to have this kind of news is a blessing for me and my family to have some closure to tie all this in together.
Then-Athens police Chief Scott Freeman, who has resigned, defended his decision to fire Saulters:
The internal affairs review found that he had used excessive force.