5 Georgia Police Officers Indicted For Murder of 24-Year-Old Man

In Summary

Henry County Police Department officers Robert Butera and Quinton Phillips and ex-Hampton Police Department officers Mason Lewis, Marcus Stroud and Gregory Bowlden are accused of killing Fernando Rodriguez in 2019.

Five police officers in Georgia were indicted on murder charges for killing Fernando Rodriguez in 2019, according to CNN. The then 24-year-old passed away due to asphyxiation as a result of being placed in a prone position as he was being handcuffed and held down. 

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Henry County Police Department officers Robert Butera and Quinton Phillips and ex-Hampton Police Department officers Mason Lewis, Marcus Stroud and Gregory Bowlden are accused of being responsible for Rodriguez’s death after contact with police outside a concert at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, according to CNN. 

On the night of Nov. 19, the indictment was handed down by a Henry County grand jury. According to CNN, all five officers were charged with one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault and violating their oath of office. 

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“Rodriguez, who lived in the Atlanta area, was leaving the Imagine Music Festival at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton when officers encountered him,” the district attorney’s office said according to CNN. “In addition to holding his naked body down on the ground, the officers struck Rodriguez more than a dozen times with their Tasers.” 

Page A. Pate, an attorney for the Rodriguez family, said that they were happy with the indictment. 

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“Fernando’s family has been patiently waiting for justice in this case and they are very glad to see that the process is now moving forward,” Pate said according to NBC News. “We are especially grateful that the officers have all been charged with murder and we think the charges fit the crime.” 

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