ATLANTA -- The group who arranged a protest in a midtown Atlanta Starbucks is disputing police reports that protesters attacked customers inside the business and allege that police "were aggressive" first.
On Friday, three people were arrested after they allegedly vandalized and violently confronted customers at the Starbucks at the Midtown Shopping Center on Ponce De Leon Avenue. Protesters were marching there Friday to coincide with a nation-wide protest of the prison system that took place Sept. 9.
Twenty-nine-year-old Casey Martinson, 28-year-old Nicholas Wolf and 29-year-old Katherine Carson were apparently connected to that group, the Atlanta Black Cross, and were charged with several felonies related to the incidents.
According to the group's site, they staged the march through the city to target "corporations which profit from prison slavery." It included stops at several businesses, including the Starbucks, where the alleged attacks took place.
But the group asserts that "police were aggressive and hostile, at one point trying to run over protesters with a squad car." They also went on say that police indiscriminately used pepper spray and called a victim's claims of being attacked "false."
However, police say the three were caught on surveillance video from inside the business and detectives are using it as evidence.
On Saturday, the victim who was allegedly attacked spoke to 11Alive on the condition on anonymity and recounted how his shirt was torn off his body and as "someone else was trying to wail on me."
Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.
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