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'Not acceptable': Former Atlanta police chief says officer should have been off force before breaking man's ankle

In the wake of this case, Chief Erika Shields recommended policy changes for disciplining officers accused of using unnecessary force that were never implemented.

Lindsey Basye, Andy Pierrotti

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Published: 7/21/2021 3:11:41 PM
Updated: 8:56 PM EDT July 22, 2021

11Alive has learned Atlanta’s former police chief warned the city that it needed to reform the way it disciplines officers accused of using unnecessary force after discovering flaws in its system. More than a year and a half later, her recommendations have never been implemented.

Former Police Chief Erika Shields’ recommendations were outlined in a December 2020 court deposition as part of a pending federal lawsuit involving a current officer accused of using unnecessary force.

The deposition occurred while she was employed by the city, but was no longer leading the department.

 WATCH | Video depositions of former Chief Shields' and officer Vickers below

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