HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Since a video of a former NFL player’s arrest was shared by the player online, 11Alive has learned it isn’t the first time the Henry County Police Department faced allegations of excessive force.
Early last year, 11Alive reported the story of a woman who said officers smashed her window during a traffic stop. That woman, Lauren Law, has since filed a federal lawsuit against the four officers from the same department.
11Alive’s Ashley Johnson spoke to Law, who said she was tagged in the now-viral video of Desmond Marrow’s arrest. Law said it didn’t take long for her to notice that one of the officers in her case looks very similar to one seen in the video of Marrow’s arrest, when she was allegedly pulled over in McDonough because her tail lights were out.
During the exchange, according to a police report, Law questioned the officer what criminal act she had committed. The exchange escalated when police said Law refused to get out of her car or hand over her license, and resulted in Law getting dragged her out of the vehicle. Officers also busted the window during the stop.
Law shared video of the arrest from two years ago in December 2016. 11Alive also lined up both incident reports, and found the same name – Officer D. Rose.
Law said she's got many questions as to why the officer was allowed to stay on the force.
“One of the things that went through my mind is why were there no disciplinary actions taken the first time this happened,” she told 11Alive. “David Rose actually physically dragged me from my car… had disciplinary actions been taken Desmond may have not had to suffer what he's gone through.
Law is now suing for emotional trauma and punitive damages. She's representing herself in that case. She said at some point she would like to have a conversation with Marrow to offer him support.