Her teenage son was brutally beaten by an Atlanta police officer following a high-speed chase in 2016, and now, the Georgia mother is demanding justice for the brutality her son experienced.
The original incident occurred back in September 2016, however, the officer wasn’t fired until July 26 of this year, and now, Zabora Brown is demanding action, WSB-TV reported.
“Something needs to be done to him. He needs to go to jail,” Brown said of the officer.
“You kicked him and beat him and you’re supposed to be who he goes to for protection?” she added.
Matthew Johns was the Atlanta police officer who was caught on dashcam video brutally punching and kicking Brown’s son, Antraveious Payne, as he laid face down on the ground. Brown said that when she arrived at the hospital on Sept. 15, 2016, officers told her that her son’s injuries were from when the stolen BMW he was driving crashed at the end of the pursuit.
The video showed the officers lied to her to try to cover up the illegal actions of their co-worker.
The cameras caught Johns immediately jumping out of a cruiser and running up on Payne before repeatedly kicking and punching him and kneeling on his neck. Officers on the scene said that neither Payne nor the other teens he was with resisted arrest at the time.
“No matter what he was doing it doesn’t give him the right to kick my son and punch him,” Brown said.
Brown said that as a result of the beating, her son suffered a concussion, and she is also furious that it took so long for the police department to fire Johns.
“I don’t give them a pass or a pat on the back that they fired him 10 months later. I think it’s even worse—because they paid for 10 months knowing that he violently beat this young man,” Brown’s lawyer, Shean Williams, told the news station.
Watch the WSB-TV report below: