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Man caught kicking cat on camera turns himself in to police

Police said he could face animal cruelty charges.

ATLANTA — Police confirm a man caught kicking a cat on camera has turned himself in.

It was exactly one month ago Aug. 1 when police said a man was seen kicking a cat across a gas station parking lot, like a football. It happened at a the Chevron gas station at 2465 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

That's where video, slowed down for dramatic effect, showed a man holding a cat – then punt it across the parking lot like a football. It was posted to social media on Instagram, where police picked up on it.

11Alive's Hope Ford spoke to officer Lisa Bender with the Atlanta Police Department said not only is what happened illegal, it's also an indicator that something more serious could happen in the future.

"It was pretty disturbing to watch," Bender said. "And it's been proven people who are violent toward animals are typically violent toward people."

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July 20, weeks after the incident, the Atlanta Police Department tweeted surveillance video from inside the gas station's convenience store that caught the man's face as he walked inside.

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Now, after a month being on the run, police said the man finally turned himself in.

Police identified the man as 22-year-old Jamari Davenport. He has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Police had also hoped to find the cat and see if the animal needs medical attention, however a search was unsuccessful.

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