Two DeKalb County Police officers were arrested Nov. 15 and charged with battery and violation of the oath of office, a felony, police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.
Officers Arthur Parker and Blake Norwood, both with the department for three years, are accused of beating a teenage burglary suspect while the suspect has handcuffed. The officers were asked to drive Travarrius B. Williams from the South Precinct to the DeKalb County Jail.
Before the officers left the precinct with Williams, there was an exchange of words between Williams and one of the officers, according to police. Williams then allegedly spit at the officers. The officers then drove behind a building in another part of the precinct, took Williams out of the car and began kicking and punching him, police said.
A third officer who was ending his shift witnessed the attack and told his supervisor.
Williams had been arrested for a burglary at 704 Wellington Court in Decatur. After being interviewed by burglary detectives, Parker and Norwood were asked to drive Williams to the jail.
Williams was taken to Grady Hospital but was not seriously injured, Parish said. The officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, she said.