On Thursday, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office announced charges against 29-year-old officer Phillip Larscheid, who was caught on video repeatedly striking Katie McCrary with his baton during a June 2017 incident. A grand jury voted to indict Larscheid on aggravated assault and violation of oath charges — both of which are felonies.
In the footage, the Black woman is seen on the ground as DeKalb County Officer Phillip Larscheid viciously strikes her with his baton. The Associated Press reported that McCrary is homeless.
Larscheid, 29, was called to a gas station in DeCatur, Georgia, in June 2017 for a call about McCrary shoplifting and loitering at a convenience store, District Attorney Sherry Boston said at a news conference on Thursday. When Larscheid arrived, McCrary was trying to leave the store but Larscheid told her to stay so he could talk to her, Boston said.
Larscheid then pulled out his baton and "repeatedly struck Ms. McCrary across her legs, her arms, her back and once in the head," according to Boston.
McCrary was handcuffed and arrested on felony obstruction of a police officer. She was taken to the county jail, but they refused her because of her injuries, Boston said. McCrary was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, where doctors said she had a laceration on her leg and multiple contusions on her arms and legs "consistent with those baton strikes," the district attorney said.
She was later booked and released on bond. Boston said her office will not pursue charges against McCrary stemming from that arrest.
In video of the incident, Larscheid is seen hitting the homeless woman with his baton multiple times while holding her down on the floor. She attempts to block some of his wild blows as he strikes various parts of her body. Her blood stains can be seen on the floor.
As the white cop [suffering from psychopathic racial personality disorder] has his maniac episode, Black people in the store just watch & film and yell stop resisting as he is beating the shit out of her.
When she could take the blows from the metal baton no longer, Katie McCrary asked a simple question. “What did I do?”
“It is just disgusting to watch her get beaten like that,” said Francys Johnson, president of the Georgia NAACP. “If she were an animal…if she were a dog, the officer would have already lost his job.” [more]
Pursuant to the Georgia Code:
§ 16-5-21. Aggravated assault
(a) A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults:
(1) With intent to murder, to rape, or to rob;
(2) With a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury;
(3) With any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in strangulation; or
(4) A person or persons without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons.
(b) Except as provided in subsections (c) through (k) of this Code section, a person convicted of the offense of aggravated assault shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years. GA. Code 16-5-21 Aggravated assault (Georgia Code (2018 Edition))After its review, the GBI turned over its findings to the DeKalb DA’s office.
“We determined that the case warranted proprietorial action and presented the case today to the grand jury for one count of aggravated assault and one count of violation of oath of office, both felony charges,” DeKalb district attorney Sherry Boston said.
According to the district attorney, her office decided charges against Larscheid were warranted after cell phone video taken by a witness in the store surfaced online. [bullshit. video went viral in 2017 and has been available online]
A warrant has been issued for Larscheid’s arrest, Boston said, and the officer has until 5 p.m. Saturday to turn himself into police.
“He was Officer of the Year for 2014 for the entire Dekalb County Police Department and has received more than nineteen commendations during his eight years with the department,” LoRusso said in a statement provided to WSB-TV. “He certified with an ASP baton in the Dekalb Police Academy and seven times after that during annual training. He is understandably deeply concerned and taking these charges very seriously.”
The county confirmed Thursday that Larscheid is still employed by the Dekalb County Police Department and has remained on desk duty since July 2017.