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2 charged after video of brawl with Atlanta police surfaces online

Channel 2 Action News has obtained video showing multiple Atlanta police officers in a brawl with suspects. 

An edited version of the video has been making the rounds on social media.

Police sent us the full video Thursday night along with an explanation of the chase, crash and confrontation that led to this fight.

We're hearing from police about the controversial video, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning

The incident happened July 9 in northwest Atlanta near the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Chappell Road.

Atlanta police said Harold Barnwell took a bag of raw marijuana from a crashed car and refused the officers' commands to put his hands behind his back.

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Barnwell's mother, Jennifer, then got in between the officer and her son. The officer tried to stun the Barnwell with a Taser, and the video shows Jennifer being knocked to the ground. 

Barwell is facing several charges including marijuana possession. His mother is also facing obstruction charges.

2 charged after video of brawl with Atlanta police surfaces online

Channel 2 Action News has obtained video showing multiple Atlanta police officers in a brawl with suspects. 

An edited version of the video has been making the rounds on social media.

Police sent us the full video Thursday night along with an explanation of the chase, crash and confrontation that led to this fight.

We're hearing from police about the controversial video, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning

The incident happened July 9 in northwest Atlanta near the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Chappell Road.

Atlanta police said Harold Barnwell took a bag of raw marijuana from a crashed car and refused the officers' commands to put his hands behind his back.

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Barnwell's mother, Jennifer, then got in between the officer and her son. The officer tried to stun the Barnwell with a Taser, and the video shows Jennifer being knocked to the ground. 

Barwell is facing several charges including marijuana possession. His mother is also facing obstruction charges.

Gwinnett schools announce plans for new girls' flag football teams this fall

Gwinnett County Schools announced that Friday Night Lights this fall will not be just for the boys.

The district said they will the first ones in the metro area to offer flag football for girls. 

They told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon that they hope to have a team at nearly every school in the county starting this fall. 

The district says the game plan includes about 20 teams with 15 girls per team and the district believes all of them will be trailblazers.

Parent John Montes told Wilfon that his daughter could be one of the first to sign up.

“She can throw a football.  She plays in the backyard with her brother all the time so maybe we’ll give it a shot,” Montes said.

Sloan Roach with Gwinnett County Schools said the district is proud to finally bring the sport to young women.

“This is just one more great opportunity for girls to get involved,” Roach said. 

But the district didn’t draw up the game plan on its own.

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The district says the Arthur Blank Foundation approached the district with the idea and offered to pay for the entire program.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Falcons to provide this opportunity to girls in Gwinnett County,” Roach told Wilfon. 

The teams of 15 girls at nearly every Gwinnett high school will play each other over a 10-game schedule.

The district hopes the program might persuade the Georgia High School Association to launch flag football in other districts and bring more girls onto the field.

“It’s fun to have girls go out and compete in other areas than what’s typically known as girls’ sports,” Roach said

They hope to start playing games in October. Sign-ups should start soon.

Gwinnett schools announce plans for new girls' flag football teams this fall

Gwinnett County Schools announced that Friday Night Lights this fall will not be just for the boys.

The district said they will the first ones in the metro area to offer flag football for girls. 

They told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon that they hope to have a team at nearly every school in the county starting this fall. 

The district says the game plan includes about 20 teams with 15 girls per team and the district believes all of them will be trailblazers.

Parent John Montes told Wilfon that his daughter could be one of the first to sign up.

“She can throw a football.  She plays in the backyard with her brother all the time so maybe we’ll give it a shot,” Montes said.

Sloan Roach with Gwinnett County Schools said the district is proud to finally bring the sport to young women.

“This is just one more great opportunity for girls to get involved,” Roach said. 

But the district didn’t draw up the game plan on its own.

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The district says the Arthur Blank Foundation approached the district with the idea and offered to pay for the entire program.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Falcons to provide this opportunity to girls in Gwinnett County,” Roach told Wilfon. 

The teams of 15 girls at nearly every Gwinnett high school will play each other over a 10-game schedule.

The district hopes the program might persuade the Georgia High School Association to launch flag football in other districts and bring more girls onto the field.

“It’s fun to have girls go out and compete in other areas than what’s typically known as girls’ sports,” Roach said

They hope to start playing games in October. Sign-ups should start soon.

Man uses forklift to steal car from local dealership, police say

Police said the brazen thief was caught on video using a forklift to bust through a fence and steal a car from a local dealership.

The man made a clean getaway overnight on Tuesday. 

Twisted metal still marks the spot at Ginn Chevrolet in Covington.

The dealership parked wreckers at the gaping hole to keep the rest of the vehicles on the lot.

Police said the thief spent nearly an hour on the property, choosing the right ride.

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He ended up selecting a 2017 Ford Mustang that had been in the body shop for repairs. 

Police said the man broke into the shop and found the keys before making his escape -- all without having to do any heavy lifting of his own. He used a forklift.

Police are hoping the alleged thief's run from the law is only temporary.

If you have any information that could help lead police to an arrest, you are urged to call (770) 278-8000.

Woman says man groped her, told her 'I love you,' before running from busy park

A nanny who was grabbed and groped by a man at a popular park said the attack came out of nowhere.

The victim told Channel 2’s Tom Jones that it started with a high five, but ended, according to police, with a man grabbing and groping the 20-year-old college student while whispering in her ear: "I love you. You're so beautiful. Please never leave me."

The victim, asking not to be identified, said the situation unfolded at the Roswell Area Park.

The woman said she was walking the trails in a wooded part of the park around 11 a.m., pushing the 2-year-old she takes care of.

She said the man, who she's seen at the park many times, stopped her and began a conversation.

"He started asking me, 'Oh, you're going to live with a boyfriend?' I said, ‘Oh, that's a little bit uncomfortable.'"

She said the man asked to take her to lunch, then to his home country of Bosnia. She felt uncomfortable and began to walk away.

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"At that point he reached in and hugged me, and he grabbed my butt and grabbed my boob," she said. The woman said she ran away.

She said she told another park patron and that mother saw the man and snapped a picture of him. Police are now investigating.

Officers say the suspect frequents the park often.

"So maybe he lives in the area, walks through the woods to that area," Officer Lisa Holland with the Roswell Police Department said.

The victim said she will never forget the incident.

"My heart was racing. I was, like, ‘Was that real? Did that happen? How did we shift from a high five to 'I'm in love with you?’" she said.

The victim told Jones she was speaking out in an effort to warn other park patrons.

Police believe the man is in his 60s. He has a cut bottom lip. Officers say he has a thick Bosnian accent. He wears a red, white and blue fanny pack, and socks that go up to his knees, according to the victim.

Anyone with information on the suspect should call Roswell police at 770-640-4100.

Woman says man groped her, told her 'I love you,' before running from busy park

A nanny who was grabbed and groped by a man at a popular park said the attack came out of nowhere.

The victim told Channel 2’s Tom Jones that it started with a high five, but ended, according to police, with a man grabbing and groping the 20-year-old college student while whispering in her ear: "I love you. You're so beautiful. Please never leave me."

The victim, asking not to be identified, said the situation unfolded at the Roswell Area Park.

The woman said she was walking the trails in a wooded part of the park around 11 a.m., pushing the 2-year-old she takes care of.

She said the man, who she's seen at the park many times, stopped her and began a conversation.

"He started asking me, 'Oh, you're going to live with a boyfriend?' I said, ‘Oh, that's a little bit uncomfortable.'"

She said the man asked to take her to lunch, then to his home country of Bosnia. She felt uncomfortable and began to walk away.

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"At that point he reached in and hugged me, and he grabbed my butt and grabbed my boob," she said. The woman said she ran away.

She said she told another park patron and that mother saw the man and snapped a picture of him. Police are now investigating.

Officers say the suspect frequents the park often.

"So maybe he lives in the area, walks through the woods to that area," Officer Lisa Holland with the Roswell Police Department said.

The victim said she will never forget the incident.

"My heart was racing. I was, like, ‘Was that real? Did that happen? How did we shift from a high five to 'I'm in love with you?’" she said.

The victim told Jones she was speaking out in an effort to warn other park patrons.

Police believe the man is in his 60s. He has a cut bottom lip. Officers say he has a thick Bosnian accent. He wears a red, white and blue fanny pack, and socks that go up to his knees, according to the victim.

Anyone with information on the suspect should call Roswell police at 770-640-4100.

Police release sketch of man accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old at gunpoint

The Atlanta Police Department released a sketch Thursday of the suspect police said sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint in the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Northwest Atlanta.

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APD officials said the incident happened Tuesday, July 10. 

Police said the man is armed and dangerous. He is described as a man in his early 20's with short black hair, brown eyes, and a kiss tattoo on his neck. Officials said the man is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build.

Anyone who recognizes him is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

A reward up to $2,000 is being offered for any information leading to his arrest.

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Lawsuit says South Fulton massage therapist sexually assaulted client

A lawsuit claims a city of South Fulton massage therapist sexually assaulted a client.    

"I did not know what to do. I was just like paralyzed with fear," said accuser Nia Cleveland told Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland .

Her attorney Matt Stoddard said his client used a gift card from her husband at Zen Message on Butner Road in May 2015.    

Cleveland said massage therapist Gary Tavares was giving her a hamstring stretch when he put his hand inside her underwear and assaulted her.

"I did not scream. I was literally like frozen with fear," she said. "They need to put some other measures in place, especially since this has happened before at the establishment."

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Therapist Antwon Rowe was convicted in a similar case reported in 2011 .  

At the time, Channel 2 Action News questioned Zen Massage owner Steve Labroi.

"There's a very big concern. Of course, we're concerned about all of our customers," Labroi said.

"It's devastating that a business wouldn't take more steps to try to prevent this sort of event when they know that it's happened in the past," Stoddard said.

Zen Massage attorney Douglas Burrell sent Strickland a statement saying:

"We consider these very serious allegations. We are in the process of conducting an investigation before we make any comment."

The massage therapist is facing a criminal trial as well. The trial is scheduled to begin Friday.

Lawsuit says South Fulton massage therapist sexually assaulted client

A lawsuit claims a city of South Fulton massage therapist sexually assaulted a client.    

"I did not know what to do. I was just like paralyzed with fear," said accuser Nia Cleveland told Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland .

Her attorney Matt Stoddard said his client used a gift card from her husband at Zen Message on Butner Road in May 2015.    

Cleveland said massage therapist Gary Tavares was giving her a hamstring stretch when he put his hand inside her underwear and assaulted her.

"I did not scream. I was literally like frozen with fear," she said. "They need to put some other measures in place, especially since this has happened before at the establishment."

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Therapist Antwon Rowe was convicted in a similar case reported in 2011 .  

At the time, Channel 2 Action News questioned Zen Massage owner Steve Labroi.

"There's a very big concern. Of course, we're concerned about all of our customers," Labroi said.

"It's devastating that a business wouldn't take more steps to try to prevent this sort of event when they know that it's happened in the past," Stoddard said.

Zen Massage attorney Douglas Burrell sent Strickland a statement saying:

"We consider these very serious allegations. We are in the process of conducting an investigation before we make any comment."

The massage therapist is facing a criminal trial as well. The trial is scheduled to begin Friday.

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